The Laughing Owl (Sceloglaux albifacies), also known as Whēkau or the White-faced Owl, was an endemic owl found in New Zealand, but is now extinct. It was plentiful when European settlers arrived in New Zealand in 1840. By 1880, the species was becoming rare, and the last recorded specimen was found dead at Bluecliffs Station in Canterbury, New Zealand on July 5, 1914
The Laughing Owl generally occupied rocky, low rainfall areas. Being quite large, Laughing Owls were able to deal with the introduced European rats that had caused the extinction of so much of their prey; however, the stoats introduced to control feral rabbits, and feral cats were too much for the species.
Lawrence Beck is a New York based artist who explores controlled and unbound nature. Beck takes photographs plants in national forests, city parks and botanic gardens. He celebrates the beauty of plants while undercutting this ’natural’ elegance by revealing its manufacturedness.
I have a bunch of dead light bulbs that are waiting to be recycled. While they are waiting they can be turned into beautiful art! P.S (Keep away from children) Read about it on Family Chic: http://cfabbridesigns.com
Note from ehow: A simple household light bulb can be deceptively difficult to recycle. Some light bulbs feature filaments and other parts made of mercury, contributing to the inclusion of toxins in the environment. You should collect all of your light bulbs and recycle them.
What to do with old books? Crazy book origami. Via: Unconsumption
Gulf of Mexico oil spill from space
Stump stools by the Cumulus Project.
(The wood for these three stools was harvested from a fallen maple tree)
“Log Stools” by Kevin Heisner.
P.S (It is better than bad it is good!)
A chest of drawers made from old suitcases.
Patterns in waste ash at coal- fired electrical generation station, Moncks Corner, SC
Aerial view of bauxite waste
Removal of Overburden from Blasting Kayford Mountain, West Virginia
Photographs by J Henry Fair
Children of the Forest by Elsa Beskow - my favorite childhood book.
I am absolutely in love with %100 wool felt boots, valenki. Traditional Russian footwear. A great alternative to Uggs.
Above: From series titled “Deserted States of America”
Moths and butterflies illustrations by Eugene Seguy
Steven Siegel is a New York based artist noted for creating large boulders/sculptures from recycled and found materials - newspapers, branches, tree trunks, aluminum cans, and plastic bottles.
“Siegel’s first attempt with newspaper structures was for the Snug Harbor Sculpture Festival on Staten Island, New York. He noticed that the largest landfill in the United States was located on Staten Island. At the Fresh Kills Landfill, garbage is buried under mounds of earth. Newspapers will remain intact and readable for long periods of time. Here, Siegel thought that humans were creating a “new geology” with the human waste being buried under mounds of earth. Thus, his first attempts in this kind of sculpture were titled “New Geology #1” and “New Geology #2,” both were constructed in 1990. Since the sculpture has been allowed to be overgrown with vegetation, “New Geology #2” remains intact and the newsprint is still able to be read.” - wiki
“Vladimir” or “Pallet Mirror” by Karl Zahn is made using two partially destroyed shipping pallets. “The scars on the lumber tell a story of its travels. While the form is reminiscent of old victorian french mirrors, its origin is far from gold leaf” -Karl Zahn
The CitiCar was a small electric vehicle, first produced in United States in 1974 by a company Sebring-Vanguard partly in response to the mid-1970s fuel crisis. The CitiCar was a tiny golf cart sized car that could go at a top speed of about 39 mile per hour. At about 4,300 C-Car variants produced, it still holds the record for most road-legal electric cars made in automobile history.
Photographs by Rob Hann. From “The Plant that Ate The South” project.
“Anyone familiar with the American South will know that throughout the summer months large parts of the countryside are swathed in a green leafy plant that will cover anything in its path. It smothers abandoned buildings and drapes over trees, large and small, giving the landscape a magical, dreamlike quality.” - Rob Hann
Kudzu is a plant native to Souther Japan. Kudzu was introduced from Japan into the United States in 1876 and is now common throughout most of the southeastern United States. Kudzu has been spreading at the rate of 150,000 acres annually and is considered invasive species.
Parquet Table by Bouf. Easy shipping and assembly. Good design but also great do-it-yourself idea…...
Above slogan was hung between two treetops in the countryside, 1978. It reads: “I do not complain about anything and I almost like it here, although I have never been here before and know nothing about this place”
Collective Actions is an art-group founded in early 70’s in Russia that was part of Moscow Conceptualist Movement. Collective Actions is responsible for series of art performances and installations in forests and suburban parks outside of Moscow. They call their happenings “Trips Out of Town”(«поездки за город»)
Above photo was taken by Collective Actions not far from the “Slogan” installation.
Above: Twelve canvas paintings by N.Alekseev were sewn together into one single piece, installed in the shape of a tent and left in the forest. 1976.
Above slogan installed and left in the forest: “I waited for you at the appointed time and left. You know the road yourself. Come, if you want to see me.”
I was happy to find this online snowflake library: The Bentley Collection Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
Thousands of snow crystals available for view online for free:
Moss terrariums are fun and easy to create and maintain. Decorate your moss terrariums with precious stones and twigs you find. Above are do-it-yourself moss terrariums created with vintage listerine bottles found on Bottle Beach, Brooklyn and moss from Upstate New York. Bottle Beach is a great place to find old bottles. If you are not afraid to dig through Brooklyn’s vintage garbage:
“Keep the moisture in. The moss will use the CO2 provided by the decomposing and dead plants in the soil. Sometimes, there’s algae and seeds from other plants in the mini-ecosystem, which will overgrow the moss over time [...] Seal the jar off completely making sure, that there’s enough moisture in it. Try to supply the jars with enough light without exposing them to direct sunlight”
- from experienced moss terrarium owner, Henry K Miller
You can always use old wine bottles and jars, or buy ready-made moss terrariums. Below: Moss terrariums at Cog and Pearl.
Vanished Forest by Bo Yang Zang.
Antonello Fuse coat hangers made from old recycled chair backs.
Some drawings inspired by grapefruit pulp, dragon fruit, eyes and sky: