Biodegradable moss planter(organic carpet consisting of assortment of mosses) by Japan-based flower artist Makoto Azuma
Humming bird, detail
Crimson necked bullfinch
from Floral Illustrations of New Holland
Chicory (Cichorium intybus)
15th or 16th century
Gouache on vellum
From Vienna Dioscorides
From Vienna Dioscorides
Botanical Illustration from Codex Anicia Juliana, AD 512
From Vienna Dioscorides
Banksia coccinea (Scarlet Banksia)
Illustrationes Florae Novae Hollandiae
Early 19th century
Adele Morosini Rossetti (for Botanic Garden)
Rosa Abraham Darby
Watercolor , color pencil, tempera on paper
California flowering plant
California snow flower
Nissan’s electric automobile (EV) is set to go on sale in Japan, the U.S. and Europe next year. The blue hatchback had a sporty design and a recharging opening in the front. Nissan has promised that the Leaf, which goes into mass-production as a global model in 2012, will be about the same price as a gas-engine car such as the 1.5 million yen ($15,000) Tiida, which sells abroad as the Versa, starting at about $10,000.
An Earthship is a type of home made of natural and recycled materials. Earthships designed by Earthship Biotecture and are built from 45% recycled materials - tires, bottles, cans. Earth-filled tires utilize thermal mass construction to naturally regulate indoor temperature. Earthships also usually incorporate their own special natural ventilation system.
Earthships are built to utilize the available local resources - energy from the sun, rain. For example, windows on the sunny side admit light and heat, and the buildings are often horseshoe-shaped to maximize natural light and solar-gain during winter months. Likewise, the thick, dense outer walls provide effective insulation against summer heat.
Internal, non-load-bearing walls are often made of a honeycomb of recycled cans joined by concrete and are referred to as tin can walls. These walls are usually thickly plastered with stucco.
The Earthship costs next to nothing to operate annually and is independent of all municipal utilities. Earthship Biotecture has a building prototype that harvests its own electricity and water; contains and treats its own sewage; and heats and cools itself without fuel and produces a significant amount of food.
Glass house made from recycled glass windows in Freetown Christiania, neighborhood/commune in Copenhagen, Denmark created during the hippie movement. Christiania has its own flag and its own set of rules independent from the Danish government. Within Christiania itself no cars are allowed, stealing is forbidden as well as violence, guns, knives, bulletproof vests, hard drugs and bikers’ colors.
Emergency Response Studio, by Paul Villinski, is a solar-powered, mobile artist’s studio, rebuilt from an old trailer. An artist needs to be mobile and free just in case of the ocean water rising because Greenland is melting, and other devastating natural disasters, such as Katrina in New Orleans.
Ceramic rubber duckie by Futility l.t.d Really cool.
Ceramic milk carton bt Hanna Risgaard.
I ♥ Mineo Mizuno sculptures. Mineo Mizuno was born in Japan and currently resides in Los angeles, CA. Water-drop/pebble like large ceramic forms are covered in small holes in which mosses are planted.
The High Line was built in the 1930s. It lifted freight traffic 30 feet in the air, removing dangerous trains from the streets of Manhattan. No trains have run on the High Line since 1980. Friends of the High Line, a community-based non-profit group, formed in 1999 when the historic structure was under threat of demolition. Friends of the High Line works in partnership with the City of New York to preserve and maintain the structure as an elevated public park.
Ceramic Teacup by Jonathan Trotter
“Lepus”, from the “Star Maps” series
Mixed media on canvas
150 x 120 cm
I really like these paintings by Alexandra Paperno. Alexandra was born in Moscow, studied art in New York at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and currently resides in Moskow. In Constellation Series Alexandra paints night sky, star maps and stars. Vladimir Levashov writes about her work : her paintings are set on the “borderline between abstraction and figurativeness, between the image of an object and the interpretation of its attributes. However, it is not always exactly the maps. Sometimes it is a globe, sometimes – just a single star. The star, however, may as well turn out to be the “Grey sun”. Not a point, but a tondo (a professional term), a circle, expressively painted over with the most low-key, the most complicated colour. It so happens that the sun is not exactly the sun, and the stars are more like points, celestial nebula – coloristic surfaces, but altogether – it represents sheer painting. Nevertheless, it is not “merely painting”, not a superficial formalism, but a huge mass of deeply emotional substance. It is the very thing, which the night sky represents for each of us: fairytale, mysterious and inaccessibly sublime. And the best art for it is nothing else but a map”
The Waterpod is a floating art project, community and living space on a barge. The structure is built from recycled wood, billboard sign material, metal and powered by a hybrid solar/wind system that also runs all on-board equipment. The barge also incorporates a garden with vegetables (lettuce, sunflowers, corn, eggplant and e.t.c ) grown with purified water from the vertical agriculture. Four artists live on the barge and are very friendly to talk to you about their project. There is also a chicken coop made from recycled shipping crate previously used to ship artworks.
I love the idea of a virtual interactive fish aquarium mainly because you do not have to have a real fish aquarium and because by adding it to your desktop, website and google you can look at it every time you go on your computer.
P.S ( It is really fun to feed them!)
You can change the fish colors, fish food color and background. This is how my fish aquarium looks like:
Above: Crocheted lampshade at Michele Varian, photo from Apartment Therapy.
The other day I was walking in Manhattan on the Lower East Side and discovered an amazing store full with all kinds of vintage, restored and designer objects. One of my favorite is a crocheted lamp shade. The fabric is starched to maintain its form.
Above: Michele Varian on Crosby Street, NY
This is wild strawberry or Woodland Strawberry (Fragaria Vesca) growing in Brooklyn backyard. Mmmmm!
Wild strawberry is not like a regular strawberry at all. It has a different taste and smell. It smells like forest. Red, juicy and fragrant wild strawberries are false fruits Berries are seeds hidden in a juicy pulp. Examples of berries - blueberry, cranberry, tomato and watermelon. The seeds of the wild strawberry sit on the surface of this false fruit that functions as a bait for the animals, who eat the seeds and help spread the seeds with their droppings. Wild strawberries are so delicious and aromatic because they wants us to eat them (yes yes!), ha-ha!
Wild strawberries usually are found near trails, young forests and forest openings.
There is so much can be said about this amazing fruit.
The Horticultural Society of New York is awesome. The Horticultural society of New York makes New York city better through horticultural programs, library resources and exhibitions. Below are some photos of the exhibitions held in HSNY:
Above: Sustainable fashion Show - Bodkin- Eviana Hartman uses recycled tire rubber as buttons, boiled carob dyes, bamboo/organic cotton, organic wool, recycled polyester fleece.
Above: The Artificial Kingdom - art exhibition by Rowena Dring and Jude Miller
Above: Awesome indoor green wall at HSNY
I found this old vintage chair - $2, and two frames - $3 on garage sale. They were falling apart and covered in dust. I washed them and repainted them.
Rooftop Films will screen “No Impact Man” on Thursday, June 11th in Williamsburg. No Impact Man is a documentary by writer-environmental activist Colin Beavan who challenges himself and his family to live for one full year in New York City without making any environmental impact. Impossible?? I will be going to see it on June 11th if anybody wants to join please let me know.
By the way, I think turning roof tops into small movie theaters is a great idea - smart use of roof space plus you are watching movies outdoors surrounded by the beautiful view!.
Bags from re-purposed, recycled coffee sacks! Lined with a soft unbleached cotton. by Mayamade.
Patrick Blanc is a contemporary garden designer from France who basically “invented” the concept of a vertical garden. What Patrick did is invent a hydroponic structure on which plants can easily grow vertically without any soil. Essentially plants need water and minerals dissolved in it. Many plants in the wild grow on vertical surfaces - rocks and cliffs. Many plants have the root ability to grow without any soil as long as there is sunlight, minerals and water. Being soil-less, vertical gardens are very light and thus easy to implement on any wall. Metal frame is installed that supports two layers of polyamide felt . These layers mimic cliff-growing mosses and support the roots of many plants. A network of pipes provides a nutrient solution containing dissolved minerals. The roots of the plants take up the nutrients they need, and excess water is collected at the bottom of the wall by a gutter before being re-injected into the network of pipes.
In towns there are a lot more vertical free spaces than horizontal , Blanc says. I wish to see many of them turned into a garden.
Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh was founded in 1670 as a physic garden to grow medicinal plants. Nearly 34,000 plants are grown at the Botanic Garden in Edinburgh and its three smaller offshoots located in other parts of Scotland. These represent nearly 17,000 different species from all over the world, or about 7% of all known plant species. I was surprised to see so many species of plants at the same time!
This drawing by Karin Uusikorpi of an owl is incredible. I found it by accident by looking through flickr. Karin writes about herself: ” I am a prairie girl born in Saskatchewan and raised in Northern Alberta. I draw, paint and play with colour. I eventually will get back to making things out of clay. I have made art in some form or another since I was little & still do. I am always picking stuff off the ground and saving it for future use - I am a self proclaimed ‘packrat’ and ‘magpie’ that routinely tries to cull the collection of stuff”
One of my favorite Flemish vanitas paintings is “Still Life with wild Strawberries” by Osias Beert the Younger. Vanitas is a type of still life painting popular in Northern Europe in Flanders and the Netherlands in the 16th - 17th centuries. The word “vanitas” is Latin, meaning “emptiness” and loosely translated corresponds to the meaninglessness of earthly life and the transient nature of vanity. Paintings executed in the vanitas style are meant as a reminder of the transience of life, the futility of pleasure and the certainty of death.
Osias Beert the Younger
Still Life with Wild Raspberries
Oil on Panel
11.2” x 15.6”
STILL LIFES WITH FLOWERS
Pieter Brueghel the Younger
Still Life with Flowers
Jan the Elder Brueghel
1607 Oil on wood
98 x 73 cm
Brueghel Jan the Elder
Still Life with flowers in a Glass
Scottish Highlands area is an amazing and magical place that is definitely not from this world. Steep bare mountains, strong winds, rainfall , swampy grasslands and many waterfalls, they hide one of the strangest animals - Kyloe.
Kyloe or Highland Cow is an ancient Scottish breed of beef cattle with long horns and long wavy pelts. ( They look a lot like mammoths or at least like giant,big headed, hairy cows) Highland cows are known are a hardy breed due to the rugged nature of their native Scottish Highlands, they graze on plants many other cattle avoid.
Other inhabitants of the Highlands are lots and lots of sheep. Sheep is everywhere.
Casamento, located in Cape Town, South Africa individually hand crafts furniture using recycled frames and only natural fibers throughout: natural non-allergenic fibers: sisal, raw cotton wadding, horsehair jute webbing, hessian and flock natural fibers.