Bah, humbug! Did Willy Wonka make his way to Antarctica or what? Oyvind Tangen, a Norwegian sailor, was on board a research vessel 1,700 miles south of Cape Town and 660 miles north of the Antarctic a few years back, when he spotted the striped eye-candy floating on the waters. The stripes are formed naturally over centuries. Nature clearly got the memo about nautical stripes coming back in season.
Bright green rows of organic vegetables cross lush herb tunnels and a bounty of indigenous plants. That’s not exactly your quintessential urban fare. But this thriving garden, bursting with flora and fresh veg, sits atop a booming tower in Durban, South Africa. The rooftop haven grew out of a project by Durban’s eThekwini municipality focused on transforming the inner city from a rundown, crime-ridden area into a welcoming and generous space. And how generous it is. Organic aubergines, tomatoes, cucumbers, spinach, basil, strawberries, and more are grown here then donated to kitchen soups, orphanages, and schools or sold to local kitchens. It’s a project that’s not only giving to charities but creating jobs too.
The art projects that inspire me most are the ones that combine utopianism and pragmatism in equal measures. The second last project that did this was Renew Newcastle, which installed artists and small local wannabe businesspeople into vacant commercial properties in that rundown Australian port city. The latest like-minded endeavor is Sebastian Goldspink’s ALASKA Projects. [...]
Now that Gardens by the Bay is set to open this month, we’ve been transfixed by its concrete and steel supertrees, which look like badass trees that survived science fiction. Fitted with solar panels and hanging gardens, these function as green conservatories for plants from all across the globe.
The Love Project is both an eco-friendly jewelry line and a charitable collaboration between a pair of Washington DC-based designers. Jennifer Elizabeth Miller and Melissa Lew are the eponymous Jem • Lew: two socially conscious artists who designed The Love Project’s signature piece: a four-heart logo that’s hand-painted on bamboo and stainless steel. Percentages of sales from each of the baubles are donated to various non-profit organizations. It’s finally possible to buy jewelry and say it’s for a good cause. And it’s true.
The environment is one of the most important things in my field of vision and my thought processes right now. I love the concept of upcycling, it will have great socioeconomic resonance for years to come. There are so many exciting and beautifully made concepts on it. It’s even motivated me to reuse a lot of my old unused sketches to create to new work and to regenerate old ideas that I once considered unworkable or redundant.
A Liter of Light is an inspiring project to bring lights to the poverty-stricken regions of the Philippines. Dwellings built too close to one another made natural lighting almost impossible, while electricity is unaffordable. The project aims to light up these houses by creatively reusing plastic bottles, filling them with water and bleach, then fixing [...]
These are eco-friendly sunglasses with frames made from 100 percent recycled material. The frames will have a unique surface design not seen on any other pair of sunglasses. The hinges and lenses are the same used by many top designers in the industry. The glasses ship in recycled cardboard boxes and pouches made from reused clothing. Sweet, huh?
There are two gifts from my childhood I’m still asking for, and one is a treehouse. Enter German treehouse-making company, Baumraum. They build impressive architecturally designed and adult-friendly treehouses incorporating sustainable materials and specially engineered cables that avoid damaging the trees. The company has just published its first illustrated book, containing design details for both their realized and fictional treehouse designs. Now, that just leaves the carousel.
By Ed in New Art on Friday 29 July 2011
The life-sized animals in Melbourne-based artist Adriane Strampp’s most recent project exhibition — Erlösung: The Animal Gaze — are not cute. They are solid, monumental creatures drawn life-size, yet they remain fragile and exposed, vulnerable to the encroachment of mankind.
Italian-made Tie-ups is the first belt to be wholly realized in fine plastics: resistant, flexible and with a minimal and versatile design. Tie-ups is an accessory adding a note of freshness and innovation to any clothing style, and is ecological, recyclable, and waterproof.
Steampunk design house Industrial Radical is showcasing an awesome prototype steampunk terrarium. It features an illuminated glass lid, lots of copper and brass, and a rotating magnifying glass for a closer look at the ecosystem inside. Also in the jar is a steampunk flower made from old clock parts. Puts the ‘culture’ in ‘horticulture’!
From simply refashioning old or damaged clothes into chic new ensembles (refashion) to creating glamorous gala wear out of old filmstock, plastic bottles, or fashion magazines themselves, Bloomington, Indiana’s Trashion club is one of many around the world promoting clothes that are wildly creative, one-of-a-kind, and a whole other level of recycled.
Lovely work by Leo Burnett Kuala Lampur copywriter Paul Prabhakar for an Eco Heaven Bazaar, where junk is hand-printed and re-purposed into posters to publicise the event.