Ai Weiwei and Shepard Fairey launch skateboard protest art for Trump’s 100th day

April 27, 2017 by  
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Artist-activists Ai Weiwei and Shepard Fairey have teamed up to launch a new series of artwork today in response to the 100th day of Donald Trump’s presidency. The pieces are printed on an intriguing medium: limited-edition skateboards. The collection is debuting at The Skateroom , a social entrepreneurship initiative that uses funds from its custom, fine-art skateboard decks to support at-risk youth. This is the second time The Skateroom has worked with Ai Weiwei , a contemporary artist and political activist whose work has drawn the ire of Chinese government on more than one occasion. His Study of Perspective collection showcases a series of photos shot between 1995 and 2003, with the artist flipping the finger at iconic landmarks and symbols of authority across the globe. Though it’s not a new series, the spirit of ideological opposition is one that remains especially relevant in today’s political climate – and the piece The Skateroom has chosen to highlight takes aim directly at the White House. LA-based street artist Shepard Fairey , perhaps best known for his iconic and controversial Obama “HOPE” posters , has also adapted one of his existing political works for The Skateroom. No Future is a simple, black and white stenciled image that denounces hate speech and propaganda – two subjects that have become disturbingly urgent in this new era of fake news and “alternative facts.” Related: Creepy Skull Sculptures Rise from the Remains of Dead Skateboards The collaboration with both artists makes perfect sense – Weiwei and Fairey have both attempted throughout their careers to use art as a force for positive social change, so The Skateroom’s mission is a clear match. These politically-charged works will debut at Art Market San Francisco from April 27th-29th, and will be available to purchase at The Skateroom online store. The Ai Weiwei print is available in a limited edition run of 666 hand screen-printed 7-ply Canadian maple skateboards, the first 66 of which will be signed by the artist and priced at $3,000 each. The Shepard Fairy edition will be slightly more limited, with only 450 skateboards available, priced at $450 a piece. + The Skateroom Images courtesy of The Skateroom

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Will Your City Sink Beneath the Ocean if all Ice on Earth Melts?

November 5, 2013 by  
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Photo by George Steinmetz for National Geographic National Geographic just launched a new series of interactive maps that demonstrate just how catastrophic it would be if all five million cubic miles of ice on Earth were to melt. Entire cities would sink as the sea rises by 216 feet , reshaping the world as we know it while average temperatures rise to around 80 degrees Fahrenheit instead of the current 58. Scientists say it would take more than 5,000 years to melt all of the ice on Earth , but if we continue adding carbon to the atmosphere at current rates, it could happen a lot sooner. Read the rest of Will Your City Sink Beneath the Ocean if all Ice on Earth Melts? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 5000 years to melt all the ice on Earth , cities that are most likely to sink , cities that will sink if all ice melts , five million cubic miles of ice on Earth , National Geographic Interactive Map , rising average temperatures across the globe , rising sea levels , sea rises by 216 feet , unprecedented population migration        

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Obama Administration to Aid Biomass Producers

October 21, 2010 by  
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The Obama Administration has always supported renewable energy and has implemented several policies to tackle climate change . Today, Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new series of measures that will aim to boost biomass production all around the country. The keystone of the plan is the full implementation of the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) , under which the USDA will make payments to biomass producers to ensure a large source of biomass material that can be used for energy production, food, or animal feed.

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Seduce Me: ‘Green Porno’ Star Isabella Rossellini Has a New Show About Animal Attraction

April 21, 2010 by  
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Photo: Sundance, with permission A Spawn of ‘Green Porno’ Isabella Rossellini’s weird and delightful ‘Green Porno’ series gave us a very original look at the love life of various creatures, from shrimps to snails. Now Ms. Rossellini is back in the director/writer/actor seat for a spin-off called ‘Seduce Me’, a new series of 5 mini-episodes exploring the unconventional seduction rituals of ducks, snakes, cuttlefish, etc

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