When you are an environmental writer, you find yourself looking to the ecologically minded. "Green" is the lens, and it greets you wherever you go (either in the "wow, so eco-ly green!" or the "OMG--where's the Green" sort of way.)
LEGOLAND for instance. LEGOLAND, Florida--conveniently located on I-4 between Orlando and my former hometown of Tampa. When you have two Lego-lovin' kids, it's on the itinerary--no doubt about it!!
Aside being totally awestruck by the things Lego engineers can do with Legos (build a life-size Ford Explorer,multiple resorts/casinos in Las Vegas, the hot-spots of Washington, DC, life-size safari animals and more), you're struck by the other things as well.
In three instances (instances that occurred repeatedly, but not "every single time"), I was struck that this "building company" was highlighting (and educating about) some new building processes in the most amazingly subtle places. Brilliant! Truly, a stroke of genius (said not-lightly as Einstein graced our presence!!)
Being Florida's newest amusement park (circa 2011), visionary building is in their view. It was evident in the little places, yet the frequent places:
They were built out of (and sporadically labeled) with a stamp as to what compound they were manufactured out of: Milk Jugs (and recycled plastic bottles). Look closely, and each structure will tell you precisely how many milk jugs they are made of to form that plastic compound. Brilliant!
Subtly, LEGOLAND educates. Subtly, they inspire.