Artist turns golden leaves of Sacramento Gingko tree into inspiring works of art

December 21, 2017 by  
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Gingko trees are renowned for their majestic beauty, but come autumn and a certain artist at Sacramento State University is busy raking those beautiful golden leaves into intricate designs. Joanna Hedrick , a counselor at the university and self-proclaimed “falling ginkgo artist,” spends hours creating her nature-based artwork , turning her design work into an annual campus tradition. Hornet Hive #exploresacstate #fallengforsacstate #sacstate #csus #ginkgo #ginkgobiloba #fallenginkgoart Una publicación compartida de Joanna Hedrick (@joanna_hedrick) el Nov 24, 2017 at 4:58 PST Joanna, who has a background in art and landscape design, began her artistic work years ago in an attempt to create a nice backdrop for family photos. What began as a simple clean up process, however, has turned into an annual tradition, beloved by all on campus. Her leaf art has become quite famous around town, but especially for those students who need a bit of distraction during finals. Related: Artist recycles leaf waste into biodegradable Beleaf chair Sunday Sunburst Labyrinth photo by @golconda1 #fallenginkgoart #sacstateginkgoart #labyrinth #ginkotree #ginkgobiloba #ginkgo #sunburst #fallingforsacstate #csus #sacstate #sacramento #rakingleaves #ginkgoleaves Una publicación compartida de Joanna Hedrick (@joanna_hedrick) el Dic 10, 2017 at 12:41 PST Hendrick uses a rake to comb the leaves into a variety of detailed shapes , from spiraling circles and honeycombs, to a complex golden labyrinth. She estimates that each design takes her about two to three hours, and is usually able to makes about six unique displays during the fall season. Having become something of a local legend, Hendrick is proud of her nature-based artwork . She told Sactown Mag , “[My art] is about taking something that’s already beautiful and making something unique—something you don’t just pass by.” + Joanna Hendrick Instagram Via Boooooom Photography by Joanna Hendrick Instagram

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France completely bans fracking and oil extraction

December 21, 2017 by  
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The French Parliament recently passed into law a complete ban on the extraction of oil and gas within any of France’s territories. Beginning in 2040, fracking, oil drilling, and other extraction methods will be banned across France . Meanwhile, no new permits to extract fossil fuel in France will be given. Although this law highlights France’s commitment to take action against climate change, it is primarily a symbolic gesture. France imports 99 percent of the oil and gas that it consumes, extracting only a negligible amount from its territory. To put this in perspective, France extracts about 815,000 tons of oil per year, the same amount extracted every few hours in Saudi Arabia . While France’s recent law may not have a large direct impact on greenhouse gas emissions , French lawmakers hope that the move will inspire other European nations to make similar commitments, with Socialist lawmaker Delphine Batho telling the Guardian that she hoped the ban would be “contagious.” Left-wing members of parliament abstained from the vote to ban, while the right-wing Republicans party voted no. The law’s impact will be most felt in French Guyana, France’s South American territory where oil companies had sought to drill. Related: France is the world’s most sustainable food country French President Emmanuel Macron has sought to position France as a global leader on climate change. As the United States has retreated on the world stage, France has stepped forward. Macron has gone so far as to offer grants to climate scientists from American institutions to do research under a government that recognizes the reality of climate change. Internally, France is taking action. Gas and petrol vehicles are to be banned in France by 2040, and the government is working to shift the energy economy away from fossil fuels and nuclear power, and towards clean renewable energy. Via The Guardian Images via Depositphotos (1)

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Nature-inspired gallery celebrates Taiwans aboriginal cultures with cargotecture

March 31, 2017 by  
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A shimmering wave-like roof mirroring the Pacific Ocean tops this stunning new structure that celebrates Taiwan’s aboriginal cultures with eco-friendly construction. Bio-architecture Formosana recently completed the Taitung Aboriginal Gallery, a 1,921-square-meter exhibition center that draws inspiration from nature just as the architects of Austronesian culture did for centuries. With Taitung’s rich and varied landscapes as well as its seven different aboriginal tribes, the architects drew on a wealth of cultural and environmental resources for their design. The Taitung Aboriginal Gallery was created to celebrate the artistic and nature-inspired architectural elements of Austronesian culture. Thus, the architects created a large steel-framed roof with an undulating shape that mimics the topography and ocean, and is decorated with diamond shapes that symbolize the eyes of the ancestral spirits. The shape allows for access to natural light and ventilation throughout the building while providing much needed shade and cooling from the tropical sun. The sloped sides also facilitate collection of rainwater , which is stored in five small ponds in the plaza. Related: Mecanoo wins competition to design the Tainan Public Library with natural materials As an island with several major ports, Taiwan collects approximately 10,000 shipping containers from the ocean every year. The architects recycled a number of the containers into rooms within the Taitung Aboriginal Gallery. The repurposed and repainted shipping containers are individually air-conditioned and serve as aboriginal handicraft shops. “In Taitung’s tropical climate, individualized air conditioning reduces the refrigerating ton by 50%, and the electricity use by 60%,” write the architects. + Bio-architecture Formosana Via ArchDaily Images by Lucas K. Doolan

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INFOGRAPHIC: Jumpstart your green thumb with these DIY garden projects for spring

March 9, 2015 by  
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If you’re itching to bring life back to your garden after this year’s brutal winter season, you’ll enjoy Capital Garden Services’ infographic for DIY ideas on revitalizing your garden blooms. This graphic outlines a wide range of ideas from the pragmatic to the artistic to help you nourish your soil and beautify your flowerbeds. These easy and useful tips can serve as guidelines for the novice gardener or as a checklist of reminders for the more advanced green thumbs. Read on for the full list to get a jumpstart on gardening this spring. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Jumpstart your green thumb with these DIY garden projects for spring Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: capital garden services , diy garden projects , garden , garden infographic , Gardening , infographic , reader submitted content

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Soninke Buffet: Wings Made of Recycled Slats and Inspired by the Tribal Patterns of Africa

July 25, 2014 by  
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Soninke by Davide G Aquini is a buffet with wings that are entirely covered with slats that are used to shield furniture during the lacquering process. After being used several times, these slats, which assume a characteristic striped pattern, are normally discarded. Upcycling is the starting point of the project, but the end result is a layered-reading furniture. The colorful geometric pattern created by the woods that cover the wings call to mind the typical African decorative motifs used to paint the walls of the houses. Soninke is the name of a major African language. Besides, looking at the violent colors of the slats, we notice that they are often poured, sprayed, splattered, suggesting a much more visual world, close to urban street art. The different thicknesses of the slats add a three-dimensional component to the texture: an important detail, which increases the artistic dimension of an object that was carefully crafted and designed with precision in matching color and thickness. Soninke is self-produced by David G Aquini , who decided to shorten the long path that the contemporary project must go through if offered to a company. Self-production allows the designer to treat each piece personally. + David G Aquini The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: african art , Davide G Aquini , eco design , green design , reader submitted content , recycled buffet , Recycled Materials , Soninke , sustainable design , tribal patterns africa

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10 Breathtaking Natural Tree Tunnels You’ve Got to See to Believe!

April 26, 2014 by  
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It’s Spring and as the world comes alive again, we’re reminded of just how beautiful this planet of ours really is. In this time of special effects and virtual realities, it’s important to unplug and get outside, in the unparalleled splendor of Mother Earth! To celebrate the season, and the artistic skills of unfettered nature, Inhabitots has gathered up stunning photos of some of the most magical tree tunnels and flower canopies from around the world. Follow the link to see all 10 of these amazing destinations, and let us know if you’ve ever visited one! READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bamboo path , flower canopies , flowering trees , Inhabitots , natural tunnels , travel destinations , tree canopies , tree tunnels

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Found Objects Become Magical Works of Art Submerged Underwater by Forlane 6 Studio

March 13, 2013 by  
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Using found objects and furniture,  Forlane 6 Studio created these magical underwater sculptures that serve as hauntingly beautiful reminders of our mindless consumption. Designed by the artistic duo of Mathieu Goussin and Hortense Le Calvez, the pair behind the studio, the works are then photographed to appear both mysterious and ethereal. The discarded items are transformed into illuminating works of art that perfectly embody the old saying: one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Read the rest of Found Objects Become Magical Works of Art Submerged Underwater by Forlane 6 Studio Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: discarded items , forlane 6 studio , found items , green photography , mass production , reused objects , sustainable artwork , trash art

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Lady Gaga’s Artistic Fur Choices Have PETA’s Claws Out

August 18, 2012 by  
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Animal rights group PETA has called Lady Gaga a “Turncoat” after the star was spotted wearing a fur recently. Gaga responded to the PETA allegations and her fans via blog: fur can be art (not a surprising point of view, considering some previous wardrobe choices have included Kermit the Frog and…meat). While the musician has yet to reveal if the questionable garment truly was animal or just the faux persuasion, one can only hope her next “artistic” garment will be of a less sensitive composition. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ecouterre , fur , fur scandal , Kim Kardashian , Lady Gaga , mother monster , People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals , PETA

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Eustáquio Martínez’s Eccentric Spanish Bus Station Combines Art and Utility

July 5, 2012 by  
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Solar Gazebo: Landscaping element embellished with decorative glassware

July 15, 2011 by  
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DATTATREYA MANDAL: Solar Gazebo Designed by Ceri Almrott Sustainable conceptions (including products) generally tend to have that nature of essentiality associated with them, like basic electricity generation or low emission modes of transport. But with that definite line of economic progression, some sections of this green technology oriented market are already starting to make serious inroads into the domain of comfort and luxury products. The Solar Gazebo conceptualized by Ceri Almrott falls in this latter category, and it will be a solar powered arbor (pergola) flanked by decorative glass elements. Solar Gazebo Designed by Ceri Almrott An arbor is basically a landscaping feature (especially situated in a garden) in which a definite seating area is skirted by vertical members (like posts or panels), which in turn supports a flexible roofing system. The Solar Gazebo will be a sort of glass arbor, where ‘clean and green’ solar power will be utilized to illuminate the surrounding decorative glass. The dynamic effect will result in a vivacious play of light, color and transparency, and thus bestow an essence of sublimity to the entire spatial volume. Solar Gazebo Designed by Ceri Almrott The whole conception is based on the recent constructional trend of glassware applications in the field of architecture. In this case, the main component i.e. the unique glass facades will be supplied by Creative Glass LTD – a company know for its custom made decorative glassware. The arbor is to be built in Stockton-on-Tees, a market town of North-East England. And according to the prevailing pricing strategy of Creative Glass products, the designer has made an estimate of cost regarding his conception at a range of £9,000 (or $14,490) for the basic offering, to £20,000 ($32,000) for the top of the line model. Certainly beyond the ‘range’ of most of our pockets; but then again one can’t simply deny the low energy, sustainable side to this artistic conception of landscaping architecture. Via: Behance

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