The "Lingo" series, skates made out of recycled wood

June 23rd, 2011 - 

Circle Factory is taking care of different projects and I really do not know what to choose as my favourite. Because I like them all: bowls, the Lingo skateboard series, the sculptures and the great decorative t-shirt designs. The pictures below are making part of a bigger series of skateboard designs made out of recycled wood parts.
The artist George Peterson is working in woode since 1992 when he started to carve fine products and original art. This time, he gathered together relics of old skateboards: parts that were used and thrown away. I think these
pictures reveal an incredible beauty and his art reminds me of what I have seen at the Quai Branly Museum: African and Oceanian art. The “Lingo” series by George Peterson is currently being shown at Altered Space Gallery in Venice Beach, CA. Via here.

When nature calls, a public toilet by Eddie Gandelman

June 22nd, 2011 - 

Now this is a new way of thinking! Thanks to Eddie Gandelman and her design “When Nature Calls”, public toilets are becoming green: the projects has in view the fact that the urine contains a lot of phosphorus, substance that will be used as fertilizer.
The urine is first filtrated and used later for watering the plants. The project was approved by toxicology professors. Peeing, besides being a waste process becomes a nurturing one, which appears to be a great advantage here. This idea
will certainly make the very notion of urination a better experience. The urinals will be arranged in units of four and they will have 3 steps: first the urine is collected, then filtered and then distributed in a clean way to the plants.

Designer : Eddie Gandelman Via here.


Eco surfboard made out of recycled beer cans

June 22nd, 2011 - 

Nice things can be done when you are really passionate about something. Instead of putting to garbage something that everyone rejects, there is one artist that thought deeper about this and came with a nice idea.
The San Diego based artist Rich Morrison, helped by the surfboard maker Gary Seagraves and a local bar
that “sponsored” him with some cans, has created a functional surfboard. The new design was made out of 72 Boddington’s Pub Ale, Budweiser, Modelo, PBR, and Rolling Rock beer cans. There were all unified with a layer of resin that made this surfboard functional. Nice subject for talking about, after a long surf session. See the movie about how he succeed to do this here. Via here.

Bee art and sculptures by Aganetha Dyck

June 22nd, 2011 - 

The plexiglass house, Masked ball series, The Queen, Dragon Slayer, are just a few of the projects Aganetha Dyck is doing as a sculptor. The multi media Canadian artist is interested in the connection between human beings and other species. She studied a lot the bee’s use of sound, their dance and vibration and their sight.
She was in the Netherlands and UK to research this issues: she studied the flowers and she visited The Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Britain. She was in rance where she worked for 3 months in a studio in Troyes. Since 1991,
Aganetha Dyck
is working with honeybees to create art: nice sculptures that are colorful and covered in honeycomb structures.She confesses that she is interested mostly in small things in life, usually things that are ignored by most of the people. 

Via here, here and here.

Things that you did not knew you can put in your composting

June 21st, 2011 - 

Green garden waste and also food scarps can be put into your compost bin: potato peelings, dried flowers, shredded paper or cardboard, egg shells or coffe grounds, these are just some examples. Soil is all the time renewed due to this organic matter that includes leaf filters, dead bugs, fallen branches or fruits that are rotten.
Bacterias in the soil transforms all these into rich brown humus which is so fertile. Gather everything you have for the compost mixture and store all you have in a compost bin made from recycled plastic. Sometimes, these bins have a special frames that allow the bin to be rotated. It is always better to have a shady place to leave the bin because the
light can slow down the reaction but in the same time, be sure the area is ventilated. You can add a compost worms available at gardening centers and even some layers of soil. This will accelerate the process. In about 4 months you will have the organic matter. Via Greeniology, How to live well, be green and make a difference, a book by Tanya Ha. Picture from here. Learn more about composting from one of my favourites