Shadowlands is a Greenpeace presentation of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the displaced people, and the human cost of a serious nuclear accident and features the work of award-winning photographer Robert Knoth and documentary maker Antoinette de Jong.
“The Fukushima nuclear disaster is having a dramatic impact on the environment and the lives of the people from a wide area around the nuclear plant,” explained Knoth. “We sought to document this through landscape and portrait photography, as well as interviews with people from the affected region – some of whom may never be able to return to their homes. What we found was a profound sense of loss.”
American artist Ellen Jantzen has created a series of stunning images that move beyond the cliché of documenting the legendary road trip.
“Think of all of those Route 66 photos; abandoned gas stations, derelict cars at the side of the road, ordinary “folks” sipping malts through a straw at the local drugstore. American flags everywhere, a few Confederate ones in certain locales. BBQ stands with folks lined up, spilling out onto the street, old movie marquees displaying “Easy Rider”,” explains the artist of her latest work.
Her haunting photos depict the newly evolving American landscape, one dotted with wind turbines and appropriately dubbed Point & Shoot @ 70MPH as Ellen takes her images from a moving car.
“The freeways/Interstates transverse spectacular scenery, much of it void of towns and car dealerships. There are farmhouses and barns, often at quite a distance and cows, but mostly open, native America to be glimpsed between the billboards announcing the next exit’s offerings,” she explains.
In a public relations stunt by a local taxi firm, a car appears to have fallen into a monster-sized pothole in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
The PR campaign is to advertise a new Canadian iPhone app called ‘Pothole Season’ where you can find out where all the major potholes might be, so you can avoid them and save damaging your car’s suspension.
It is a well-known fact that the roads in Montreal are riddled with potholes – and some of the real ones could be big enough to damage your car. So this iPhone app may prove to be very popular. You can get to see a Google map of the potholes at Pothole Season.
Most Canadian winters are usually quite severe, and Quebec roads get a severe beating from the snow and ice. So, in the spring, a favorite Canadian pastime is to count how many new potholes have appeared over the winter and are visible when the snow melts.
Creative artist Alex Féthière, uses recycled metals and discarded household products to help fashion his metalworking sculpture art, jewelry and furniture.
Beautiful bracelets, earrings and pendants, light-fittings and furniture, as well as sculptures, including the somewhat scary Murdochtopus, are all made as sustainably as possible, with minimum impact to the environment and using upcycled used materials.
“Castings are poured from reclaimed scrap aluminum in a homemade blast furnace powered entirely by discarded motor or cooking oil, the fires of which are kindled from chopped shipping palettes,” explains the artist.
The aluminum castings are anodized using an acidic bath, absorbing a synthetic sapphire dye and sealed using non-toxic, Earth Safe Finishes’ sealants and epoxies.
Electrolytic etching is done using cotton-swabs soaked in an aqueous solution of sodium carbonate, using a direct current power source for power. Titanium inert (argon) gas welding produces no smoke, and plasma metal cutting uses an ionized gas powered from a household socket and an air compressor, minimizing pollution and emissions.
“When steel is reclaimed, rust removal is done with an electrolytic process in a solution of sodium carbonate and water…the resultant rust soup is greywater safe enough for the lawn,” he explains.
Old unwanted and damaged CDs and other recycled materials are upcycled into creative animal sculptures by Australian writer, illustrator and artist Sean Avery.
The creatures are built upon a wire-mesh frame, using old CDs that are cut and glued in place with the addition of other upcycled bits and pieces.
Dependent upon the creature size and complexity, the prices vary from AUS$300-400 (US$316-422, €241-321) for small creations, to more than AUS$800 (US$844, €643) for the largest ones. The electronic rhino is around AUS$500 (US$527, €403) and is 100cm (39.4inch) wide, 45cm (17.7inch) tall and 30cm (11.8inch) deep. A great use for all those CDs that people no longer need.
Why just walk in the snow when you can draw at the same time? Artist Sonja Hinrichsen created these stunning large scale snow circle patterns. Five people took three hours to make the temporary art at Rabbit Ears Pass, Steamboat, Colorado.
Jack Dysart took his Cessna plane up for an eye in the sky view, and Steamboat-based filmmaker Cedar Beauregard used a camera-carrying remote controlled eight-rotor helicopter (octocopter) called Cinestar8. The miniature helicopter costs US$10,000 (€7,480) and carries a 0.9lb (0.4kg) camera.
The fabulous Skyphos Chandelier mimics a luminescent deep-sea creature in the way it glows and has tendrils trailing from its streamlined body but it is actually a glass chandelier lit by energy-efficient LEDs.
Czech designer Kateřina Smolíková, a student at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, used glass blowing and glass casting to make her lighting sculpture, which is designed to provide subtle lighting in alcoves or to provide subdued lighting, creating a rather unique ambience with its artistic design.
Not entirely sure if there is anything green about transforming yourself into a giant human slinky, but it certainly is an amazing design innovation.
Created as part of the Florida-based Veniamin Oprea show, the brightly colored (and seriously fun looking) slinky costume is now available as part of a lease or franchise arrangement. Contact the company for more details.
Blinking City, by Beijing-based Italian architects Marcella Campa and Stefano Avesani, is a re-interpretation of traditional city maps where the environments are constantly changing and growing. In today’s world, a city map is usually out-of-date by the time it is published, especially in fast growing and evolving economies such as China.
The Blinking City map is shown as a collage of several Hutong neighborhoods of Beijing, painted on the wall of a dilapidated courtyard house in Xianyukou district, at the Beijing’s city center. The images are just part of the Blinking City multi-media program, and the stencil wall art shows dilapidated and abandoned houses under demolition. Game designer Eric Zimmerman and architect Nathalie Pozzi, assisted in generating the color legends and their meaning.
Other media methods portray the changing city topology include lenticular discs, photographic records and video animation.
It seems to be only when we grow up and become adults that we realize the fantasy, the mythology, of the perfect world of Barbie just simply doesn’t exist. Her carefree life, complete with hunky companion Ken (who seems to have left for a younger model), driving around in a pink convertible, luxury motorhome and living in a Dreamhouse, is all a crock of shit.
Even worse for young girls, is the hegemony of the white, blonde, thin, big breasted, tiny waisted stereotype that they are taught they must somehow live up to.
Kudos to American artist Carrie M. Becker who shows us a very different and realistic side of Barbie – a place where her Dreamhouse has been destroyed, filled with a lifetime of hoarded possessions, including a filthy kitchen, and needing some serious TLC.
Rendered in perfect one-sixth scale handmade models, Becker has created an alternate universe Barbie world and carefully photographed this counter-ideology, offering young women a different view of the insidious cultural figure. A more real world Barbie is presented, perhaps taking some pressure off girls to live up to perfect ideals.
“I frequently watched shows like “Hoarders” and “How Clean Is Your House?” With that in mind, this past summer I began creating the images that are presented here, though I reflect their inspiration as a mirror and not a judgment,” her website explains. “For me, this series is about creating a small, but perfect world where the viewer cannot distinguish between what is reality and what is fiction.”
An art installation comprised of animals wrapped in colored yarn is designed to help raise awareness about the environment and consumption. Entitled the Weaving Forest, the complex and interactive installation was created by Shanghai-based Super Nature Design to encourage members of the public to get involved by wrapping the two reindeer creatures in wool.
The exhibit helps the public connect to the environment by participating so they can “weave their own nature and plant a forest in their soul”.
“The installation is not only an insight to human relationships, respect and love for nature, but also a reflection on social responsibility and eco consciousness,” explain the artists.