Recycled And Rebuilt: Automotive Art

Recycled And Rebuilt: Automotive Art

Artwork that includes recycled supplies can produce interesting pieces to look at. Taking old objects and turning them into completely new ones that grab the observer’s attention requires a creative outlook. Eric Van Hove is a conceptual artist with an automotive flair and an imagination. The V12 Laraki, his engine reconstruction of a Mercedes V12, is a one of a kind work. Completely taking apart a Mercedes engine, Van Hove recreated each piece with amazing detail. He also had some added Moroccan influence. A grant funded project led the artist to Morocco where he received design assistance with the engine from… read more

Space Tube Transportation of the Future

Space Tube Transportation of the Future

The human need to propel with man-made forms of travel can be found throughout history. Transportation is a necessity for daily schedules but things like emissions, particulate matter and carbon monoxide are obviously not so good for the environment. Daryl Oster wants to fix this issue with his version of space inspired mobility called Evacuated Tube Transport Technologies, or ET3™. It doesn’t rely on fossil fuels, can be a cost effective mode of transport and won’t even cause noise pollution. Oh, and if you need to cut down your commute or business travel time, it can also go faster than… read more

BLACKFISH Causes Waves Of Scrutiny For SeaWorld

BLACKFISH Causes Waves Of Scrutiny For SeaWorld

If you have ever been to SeaWorld or are thinking about it, you may want to read on. BLACKFISH is a documentary that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival about SeaWorld, and it indicates the detriment to captive orca whales, and unfortunately, their trainers. In 2010, SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida was the home of a horrific tragedy. Tilikum, an orca whale, killed experienced trainer Dawn Brancheau. BLACKFISH is directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, who has researched killer whales held in captivity for 40 years. Culminating in this eye-opening documentary, BLACKFISH tries to bring to light Brancheau’s work as a skilled trainer, and her… read more

Blue Zones, What’s Their Secret?

Blue Zones, What’s Their Secret?

There are certain regions in the world where people tend to live longer, be healthier and report greater life satisfaction. For almost 10 years Dan Buettner has been examining these places, and trying to understand what advantages or environmental differences exist in them. In collaboration with National Geographic, experts in their fields and researchers who specialize in long life spans, they have looked into these sections of the world and their inhabitants. In order to find the top zones, the team investigated 3 global databases involving factors of well-being. Looking at a 95% representative sample of the total world population,… read more

Thought Provoking Environmental Art By Agnes Denes

Thought Provoking Environmental Art By Agnes Denes

One hand in the sciences and one in the arts, the work of Agnes Denes also encompasses everything in between. An environmental poet who brings a universal message to life through her striking displays, Denes is an artist who helped initiate the ecological awareness movement. Her conceptual artwork is a mix of social sciences and conservation, and she can be contributed to being one of the first to introduce science into the art world. She is known for her hundreds of exhibitions and gallery showings, as well as her in your face, large scale visual field displays. In 1968 she… read more

Tips For Capturing A Great Environmental Portrait

Tips For Capturing A Great Environmental Portrait

Do your photographs always turn out terrible? Whether you can’t pull off a good group photo, your nature shots tend to turn out grainy or you just want to enhance your image, a few tips for taking environmental portraiture will improve your chances of capturing that perfect picture. Though good photography equipment does help, it doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive. Using what you already do have along with some suggestions can get that optimal environmental shot of wildlife or people. Try these easy to follow tricks for netting better outdoor images from the Department of Environmental Conservation. Simple tips… read more

Powerful Performances From Red Earth

Powerful Performances From Red Earth

An environmental performance art group, Red Earth, has been presenting their landscape driven series for global audiences for over 20 years. The collaborative assembly of artists who are led and co-directed by Caitlin Easterby and Simon Pascoe recreate intense installation experiences that are much different than any art gallery or history lecture could possibly encompass. Their action driven works have focused on issues like climate change, agricultural and ecological concerns as well as other significant historic passages. In addition to a heightened environmental element, their exhibitions also seek to uphold the relevance of cultural connections. Performances have largely centered around… read more

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Disrupted

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Disrupted

The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is the largest coral reef expanse in the world. With almost 3000 different reef systems, it includes more than 900 islands that are home to countless marine life and thousands of other living species, some of which are endangered. It is now also housing some unexpected, intrusive guests. Last week, 2 U.S. military aircraft had to drop 4 inactive bombs close to the Great Barrier Reef area. The emergency drop occurred during a military training exercise that went on longer than planned, and the in flight jets were in danger of running out of… read more

The Digital Detox

The Digital Detox

Call it a remedy for the technological tether. The ties that makes us feel connected can really make us less so. Our electronic excess and need to be constantly in the know actually can hold us back. Though we may not realize this until we escape from it all, in doing so we may remember what it is like to get through the day without grabbing for one device while checking another. This is what the motivational force behind the Digital Detox is. The concept is to get people off the grid and back into an authentic reality. Technology is… read more

Want To Reduce Your Waste On Holiday?

Airbnb

Who doesn’t enjoy the hedonistic pleasures a hotel has to offer? Food on demand, white, clean robes. Self-indulgence to the highest degree. We check in, have a bath, order room service, watch a movie, and read the complimentary newspaper and magazines…..or not. The problem with hotels, is the grand scale of their waste. The enormous amount of electricity kept burning away in the hope we choose their facilities over the countless others. Some hotels bend to the pressure of an environmentally obsessed culture and leave signs that ask us to re-use our towels, but is this enough? Every time I stay… read more