Posts in the Category: Recycle


A bamboo tower that produces water from air

posted on January 16th 2015 in Inspiration & Recycle & Social with 1 Comments

The WarkaWater tower is an unlikely structure to find jutting from the Ethiopian landscape. At 30 feet tall and 13 feet wide, it’s not half as big as its namesake tree (which can loom 75 feet tall), but it’s striking nonetheless. The spindly tower, of latticed bamboo lined with orange polyester mesh, isn’t art—though it does kind of look like it. Rather, the structure is designed to wring water out of the air, providing a sustainable source of H2O for developing countries.

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Delicate Paper Bag Trees Created By Yuken Teruya

posted on December 21st 2013 in Arts & Inspiration & Recycle & Sculpture with 0 Comments

The amount of material waste that we leave behind is getting bigger and bigger year by year, yet the world of consumerism doesn’t ever seem to react to this issue. Sometimes it falls upon artists to promote awareness of certain cultural, societal or communal problems, which is exactly what Yuken Teruya does with his delicate trees cut from used paper bags.

Teruya takes traditional paper gift bags and cuts little paper trees out from them. The result is an exquisite little tree, somewhat resembling traditionally minimalistic Japanese art, framed in the paper bag that it once was a part of. The delicate art makes an equally delicate statement about paper bags being used wastefully as luxury gifts or shopping bags. According to the artist, each tree has a model. They are the trees that the artist saw in his neighborhood or from where he has traveled.

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Creative Compulsive Disorder: Remembering Zina Nicole Lahr

posted on December 8th 2013 in Animation & Arts & Documentary & Inspiration & Recycle & Sculpture & Video with 1 Comments

This short clip about artist and maker Zina Nicole Lahr may be as tragic as it is beautiful. Earlier this fall Lahr approached her friend Stormy Pyeatte and asked if they might shoot a quick video for her portfolio. The video was shot and edited in just two days and demonstrates Lahr’s insatiable desire to build, invent, and “bring life to something inanimate,” a process she called her “creative compulsive disorder.” Almost unthinkably, Lahr was killed in a hiking accident in Colorado on November 20th, a few weeks after this was shot.

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Korean Artist Transforms Her Small Studio Into Dreamlike Worlds Without Photoshop

posted on December 6th 2013 in Arts & Inspiration & Photography & Recycle & Sculpture with 2 Comments

Korean artist Jee Young Lee’s beautiful dreamscapes are living proof that you don’t need Photoshop or even a large studio space to create amazing surreal images. She creates all of these scenes by hand in a room that is only 3.6 x 4.1 x 2.4 meters and then inserts herself into the pictures. Some of these self portraits represent her own experiences, dreams and memories, while others represent traditional Korean folk tales and legends.

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Photographer snaps the strange beauty of beat-up baseballs

posted on April 9th 2013 in Photography & Recycle with 0 Comments

The 2013 Major League Baseball season kicked off this past weekend to the delight of fans of the sport across the US and across the world. Photographer Don Hamerman hasn’t attended a ball game in over a decade, but he has a photo project that baseball enthusiasts may find quite interesting. It’s a series titled Baseballs that shows off the beauty and diversity of found baseballs that were discarded after their usefulness was gone.

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How to recycle 750.000 bunkers from the war

posted on October 23rd 2012 in Recycle & Social with 0 Comments

We are in Albania, 1967. The communist dictator Enver Hoxha, obsessed with the danger of an imminent bombing to all his nation, starts a perturbing project: the construction of 750.000 bunkers made of concrete for a population that at this time is not even two million of people.

Flash forward. Albania, 2012. Enver Hoxha is not here anymore; the bombing he was expecting didn’t happened and most of the structures created while Hoxha’s days of glory are in their right places, as testimonials of a not-nice-to-remember past.

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