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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NASA unveils inflatable greenhouse for sustainable farming on Mars

April 27, 2017 by  
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A group of researchers from the University of Arizona, in collaboration with NASA scientists, have created an innovative inflatable greenhouse to help feed astronauts on other planets. The Prototype Lunar/Mars Greenhouse project would allow astronauts on deep space missions access to healthy, fresh food year-round. The greenhouse is made of an inflatable material and functions as a closed loop, integrated with the astronaut’s life support systems. The carbon dioxide released by the astronauts is used to support the plants, which convert it into oxygen while also providing a source of food. Water to grow the plants would be brought along or gathered on site, depending on whether the site had ice or liquid water nearby. Then the water would be oxygenated and infused with nutrient salts, continuously slowing across the root zone of the plants. The entire process is designed to mimic the resources that plants would have access to on Earth, in order to give them the optimal conditions for growth. Research is still ongoing to determine which plants, seeds, and other materials would be most suitable for use on the moon or Mars . Related: Trump plans to strip NASA’s earth science division, promote mission to Mars The plants would need to be protected from the harsh radiation of space on a planet without Earth’s protective atmosphere, so the greenhouses would likely be buried under the ground for protection, and the plants would be fueled by special lighting instead of natural sunlight. Scientists have had success both with LED lighting and light concentrators that use fiber optic bundles to channel natural sunlight from the outside. While the current experiments with the greenhouse are taking place on Earth, astronauts on the International Space Station have been experimenting with the practical challenges of growing food in space. NASA’s Veggie Plant Growth System was the first American fresh-food growth experiment on the station back in 2014. + Prototype Lunar Greenhouse

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Ai Weiwei to build 100 fences in NYC to shed light on immigration issues

March 28, 2017 by  
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As debates over immigration policy and the refugee crisis continue to rage across the United States, Ai Weiwei , the Beijing-born provocateur, has revealed his plans to raise more than 100 wire security fences across New York City. On view from October 12 through February 11, “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors”  will be a commentary on the barriers, both psychic and physical, that divide us as a people. The multi-site installation, which is expected to span locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, will be one of Ai’s largest public art projects to date. Indeed it’s the most ambitious to be commissioned by the Public Art Fund , which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. “Ai Weiwei transforms an ordinary architectural element into a series of striking installations,” said Nicholas Baume, director and chief curator of the Public Art Fund. “’Good Fences Make Good Neighbors’ invites us to consider the role of the fence in a modern society as well as our own relationship to the object in question: Does this fence serve a purpose? Does it feel imposed or like it belongs? What does it separate me from? What side of the fence am I on? Does it protect me, or do I feel constrained?” Ai’s exhibition takes its name from “Mending Wall,” a poem by Robert Frost about a stone wall that separates the narrator’s property from his neighbor’s. The pieces will appear to grow out of the urban landscape in unexpected contexts, Baume said, including on rooftops, the spaces between buildings, and on bus shelters. Related: Wool art installation repurposed into blankets for Syrian refugees For Ai, who lived in New York for a time, the political is personal. “I was an immigrant in New York in the 1980s for 10 years and the issue with the migration crisis has been a longtime focus of my practice,” Ai said. “The fence has always been a tool in the vocabulary of political landscaping and evokes associations with words like ‘border,’ ‘security,’ and ‘neighbor,’ which are connected to the current global political environment. But what’s important to remember is that while barriers have been used to divide us, as humans we are all the same. Some are more privileged than others, but with that privilege comes a responsibility to do more.” + Ai Weiwei + Public Art Fund Via the New York Times

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Tesla to start taking solar roof orders in April

March 28, 2017 by  
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk is continuing in his quest to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy by announcing via Twitter on Friday that the electric carmaker and clean energy storage company will start taking orders for its solar roof shingles in April. The solar roof shingle product will be offered by Tesla’s SolarCity division. Tesla aquired the solar panel maker last November. Musk’s vision of a Tesla-powered home includes the solar roof turning sunlight into renewable electricity used for immediate use or storage in a Powerwall battery used to charge a Tesla electric vehicle in the garage and provide residential power when the sun sets. The solar tiles integrated into the roof include three layers — the color louver film in the middle that makes the solar tiles invisible from the street level but fully able to take advantage of the sun from above; the tempered glass on top that is durable and impact resistant; and of course on the bottom layer the high efficiency solar cell . The glass comes in four tile styles — tuscan glass, slate glass, textured glass and smooth glass. Related: Elon Musk says Tesla’s solar roof will be cheaper than ordinary roofs “The base of the proposition would be, would you like a roof that looks better than the normal roof, lasts twice as long, costs less, and by the way, generates electricity?” Musk told investors in November. “It’s like why would you get anything else? Maybe there’s a reason. I’m not sure why.” According to an estimate in Consumer Reports , an installed textured glass tile solar roof should cost around $73,500. However, Consumer Reports added $2,000 a year to the value of the roof from the free electricity generated with solar. Over the 30-year solar roof lifespan, that is a $60,000 value, significantly offsetting the upfront costs. + Tesla Solar Via Greentech Media Images via Tesla

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“Invisible” art exhibition installed in the exclusion zone is a critique on the Fukushima disaster

December 11, 2015 by  
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Earlier this year, a group of twelve artists opened Don’t Follow The Wind , the least accessible art exhibition in the world — displaying their work in four contaminated sites within the Fukushima exclusion zone. There is no catalog for the show, and no photographs of the art available anywhere online. The exhibition opened without any of the usual previews, promotions, or launch events one might expect. Instead, the Japanese art collective Chim?Pom announced the opening with a completely blank webpage and a simple press release . Read the rest of “Invisible” art exhibition installed in the exclusion zone is a critique on the Fukushima disaster

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Ai Weiwei Repurposes Tibetan Solar Cookers for Stunning “Refraction” Installation Trapped Inside Alcatraz

September 25, 2014 by  
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Ai Weiwei ’s new installation entitled Refraction resembles a giant bird wing-symbol of freedom, but instead of feathers, the artwork is made from repurposed Tibetan solar cookers and kettles and is trapped inside one of America’s most notorious prisons- Alcatraz . Visitors can only look at it through cracked windows of the famous walkway that was once used by guards to keep watch over prisoners. Read the rest of Ai Weiwei Repurposes Tibetan Solar Cookers for Stunning “Refraction” Installation Trapped Inside Alcatraz Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Ai Weiwei , Alcatraz , Alcatraz art , art installation , chinese art , Chinese Artists , political art , prison design , recycled materials art , reused materials , solar cookers , Tibet

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Oregon’s Largest Education Building Achieves LEED Platinum Certification

September 25, 2014 by  
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Ai Weiwei’s Towering, Geometric Forever Bicycles Installed at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale

September 17, 2014 by  
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Ai Weiwei’s towering, geometric Forever Bicycles installation made a dramatic addition to the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale . In the riverside courtyard of the Palazzo Franchetti 1,179 of his stainless steel bicycle representations were arranged into tall, hypnotic, geometric forms. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of Ai Weiwei’s Towering, Geometric Forever Bicycles Installed at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Ai Weiwei , architecture biennale , art installation , bicycle art , bicycle sculpture , bicycles , forever bicycles , installation art , Palazzo Franchetti , Venice Biennale , Yong Jiu

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Smiljan Radic’s 2014 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion Opens in London

June 25, 2014 by  
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Photo by Iwan Baan Chile-based Smiljan Radic Studio just unveiled the 14th Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London. The studio’s innovative temporary structure looks like a giant boulder propped up on four large stones. The semi-translucent faux-boulder offers a day-lit sitting area near London’s Hyde Park . Read the rest of Smiljan Radic’s 2014 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion Opens in London Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Ai Weiwei , chilean design , eco design , green design , Herzog & De Meuron , jean nouvel , kensington gardens , serpentine gallery pavilion , Smiljan Radic , Sou Fujimoto , sustainable design , temporary design , temporary Serpentine pavilion

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Toyota Unveils Hydrogen Fuel Cell Sedan in Japan, Arrives in the U.S. Next Summer

June 25, 2014 by  
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Toyota has officially unveiled its new hydrogen fuel cell sedan in Japan. The fuel cell sedan was previewed last year as a concept and now Toyota is giving the world a first look at the production version, which is slated to go on sale next year. Read the rest of Toyota Unveils Hydrogen Fuel Cell Sedan in Japan, Arrives in the U.S. Next Summer Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: fuel cell vehicle , green car , green transportation , hydrogen , Toyota , toyota fuel cell , Toyota fuel cell vehicle , toyota hydrogen fuel cell vehicle

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