French artist Gilles Cenazandotti creates incredible animal sculptures from plastic debris lost at sea and found by the artist on beaches. This series, “Future Bestiary,” explores environmental struggles including evolution, over-consumption, the challenge of nature and resources, and the destruction of species.
This was submitted by Kathleen Stupfel Hickey of Manzanita…
In August of 2008 I started an artist based reclamation project. As a result of this initial effort we now have the largest artist initiative ever achieved. Over 1,000 artists, comprising all 50 states and 53 countries, are working on The Landfillart Project.
As we are beginning to round the bend on the final piece of the reclamation phase of “The Project”, we need to very rapidly acquire approximately 100 additional artists to reach our goal of 1,041 total pieces. This is where you come in.
Please take 10 minutes of your valuable time to visit our website @ www.landfillart.org . We are hoping you would have an interest in participating in this exciting global art project. We are anxious to hear from you!
Bejing, China: After sacrificing his livelihood and a year of his life, this inventor is finally enjoying the fruit of his efforts . . . a $50,000 interactive robot with no real use.
A $6-million cardboard cathedral was officially dedicated in New Zealand on Thursday, replacing the neo-Gothic structure destroyed in a 2011 earthquake that killed 185 people.
Made from nearly 100 24-inch cardboard tubes coated with waterproof polyurethane, the new building in Christchurch is expected to last for more than a decade while a permanent replacement is built.
It includes a mosaic of colored, triangular glass etched with images from the original cathedral’s facade, which dates to 1864.
Acting dean Lynda Patterson told Agence France-Presse that the official opening of the innovative structure marked a major milestone in the city’s recovery from the devastating 6.3-magnitude quake that leveled much of the downtown area.
Unwanted books consigned to the shelves of charity shops have been rescued by a Cambridge bookseller and turned into works of art for a literature festival.
Check this out — wouldn’t this be cool on our beach? Although perhaps our winds are not as predictable.
“Self-propelling beach animals like Animaris Percipiere have a stomach . This consists of recycled plastic bottles containing air that can be pumped up to a high pressure by the wind. This is done using a variety of bicycle pump, needless to say of plastic tubing. Several of these little pumps are driven by wings up at the front of the animal that flap in the breeze. It takes a few hours, but then the bottles are full. They contain a supply of potential wind. Take off the cap and the wind will emerge from the bottle at high speed. The trick is to get that untamed wind under control and use it to move the animal. For this, muscles are required. Beach animals have pushing muscles which get longer when told to do so. These consist of a tube containing another that is able to move in and out. There is a rubber ring on the end of the inner tube so that this acts as a piston. When the air runs from the bottles through a small pipe in the tube it pushes the piston outwards and the muscle lengthens. The beach animal’s muscle can best be likened to a bone that gets longer. Muscles can open taps to activate other muscles that open other taps, and so on. This creates control centres that can be compared to brains.”