You will be touched by these two eco-lovers: one blind and the other with no arms

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Eco on Friday 20 March 2015

Jia Haixia and Jia Wenqi, both 53, have planted 10,000 trees together in Hebei, China. Haixia is blind in both eyes and Wenqi is a double amputee with no arms. Their friendship was formed 10 years ago when they could not find jobs due to their disabilities.

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This bridegroom created a magical wedding setting for his bride

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By Kenny Ong in New Art on Friday 20 March 2015

For his own wedding, artist and designer Benjamin Shine created two sculptures of his and his bride’s profiles gazing at each other, with both extending to long sculptural ribbons that spiraled in and out of the trees in the forest where the wedding was held. The ribbons, in turn, directed his wedding guests right up to the ceremony’s seating area.

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Art Tree: Mother Nature on the Heath by French photographer SandJo

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By Sandrine in New Photography on Sunday 15 March 2015

SandJo is a French journalist and photographer living in London who has devoted the past 10 years of her life to shoot the wonderful trees of Hampstead Heath, in North London.

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This living, breathing tree is ladened with 40 kinds of fruit at the same time

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By Kenny Ong in New Eco on Thursday 31 July 2014

Would you believe us if we tell you this rather colorful tree can produce as many as 40 different varieties of peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines and cherries? Even almonds too. Or have we finally gone nuts? Truth be told, it is actually not as miraculous as it sounds. The amazing feat is achieved with human intervention via the rather mundane process of chip grafting.

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Lean With It: photos by Paul Octavious

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Wednesday 26 March 2014

This is one unique photo series! Chicago-based photographer and designer Paul Octavious created these conceptual photographs of figures “following the angle of windswept trees”. Pretty neat, right? Now I’m not sure if any Photoshop is involved, but if not, Octavious’ subjects might’ve endured a few grazed knees after falling over trying to get in line […]

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Temples tamed by trees

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Friday 28 February 2014

Trees can be treacherous. In Cambodia, the Ta Prohm temple in Angkor Wat is overrun by tree roots that overtake the structures and break through their walls.

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Fragments of Time installation reverses the cycle of life for trees

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By Mareike Muller in New Art on Tuesday 22 October 2013

The circle of life for billions of trees is usually to grow, to be cut down, to end up as a book or newspaper. Colombian artist Miler Lagos reversed this fate in his wonderful installation Fragments of Time in which he presents 15 tree trunk-looking pieces that were made of piled and carved newspaper.

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Fallen Tree bench: an oak meets sleek design

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By Sara Halas in New Design on Friday 13 September 2013

A fallen oak meets sleek design in the Fallen Tree bench, created by designer Benjamin Grain-Dorge. On one side, he supports the bench with branches that are virtually unaltered. On the other, a simple piece of glass. The way he’s found a balance between the two is astounding.

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Portable tree platform lets you sit on a tree

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By Annie Churdar in Architecture on Wednesday 8 May 2013

Sit back and relax. This minimalist, low-cost design lets you take advantage of a tree’s shady canopy while keeping your clothes from getting dirty or damp from the ground. And, of course, you can set it up and take it down without hurting the tree. The clever minds of Zo-loft design specialize in low-impact designs that maximize urban spaces […]

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Eco-feminism in India: 111 trees planted for every girl born

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By Annie Churdar in New Eco on Tuesday 30 April 2013

In a culture where women are severely undervalued, the people of Piplantri village in India decided to take a stand. They found a way to put a measurable value on the lives of their women. For every baby girl born, 111 trees are planted. And not only that, but actual legal measures are taken to […]

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Temporary Trees: Respect mother nature

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By Annie Churdar in New Art on Tuesday 19 February 2013

These trees are living, breathing, balloon carrying, leaf tossing creatures. Created during Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven (22-30 October 2011), the project celebrated the visual transformation of forests. The series included photography as well as a cool video. Watching the beautiful variety and change in this series will make you think twice about treating trees […]

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Dumped Xmas trees get googly eyes and instant sadface

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Wednesday 23 January 2013

Every year, as Christmas sweeps us by, it also leaves in its wake, conifer trees dumped in the streets as unseasonal trash. So what UK-based artist D*Face did for his Eyebaubles project was to paste googly eyes on some of them. They certainly look as down in the dumps as much as they are in the dumps.

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Projection mapping in trees by Clement Briend

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By Mareike Muller in New Photography on Wednesday 12 December 2012

The almost unearthly projection mappings in trees of the French photographer Clement Briend are a spectacular experience and a great idea too. Because of the nature of trees, these faces and shapes are becoming three-dimensional, and like ghosts, they are watching over the people who pass by. One of his series, Cambodian Trees, is focusing on spirituality and nature, which occupy an important place in Cambodian culture.

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Young trees carved within old trees

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Art on Thursday 4 October 2012

Italian artist Giuseppe Penone is a sculptor who carves young trees within the trunks of old trees. His work shows the past and present of nature, and his detailed sculptures give the viewer a glimpse into the beauty of the growth of trees. Penone’s exhibit, The Hidden Life Within, was recently displayed at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

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Metal tree sculptures by KaiTree

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By Michele Banks in New Art on Tuesday 25 September 2012

Artist KaiTrees keeps a low profile online, so not many people know about his incredible sculptures of trees, made of wires twisted together and then painstakingly pulled back apart. He posts some pictures of his work on Deviant Art and has a few available for sale at ArtFire It’s worth zooming in close to see the incredible level of detail.

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