Boa Mistura turns 52 fishing boats into art to bring awareness to the plight of the parrotfish

April 16, 2019 by  
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Inspired by the natural design and shapes of the tropical parrotfish, these previously-rusty old boats now don bright new exteriors. The venture was another in a long line of community projects aimed to create “art as a tool for change” organized by the Madrid-based art collective Boa Mistura . The Pepillo Salcedo village in the Dominican Republic has limited access to electricity and running water, and fishing is an essential facet of the economy and life. Boa Mistura, known for inspiring neighborhoods with its artwork, incorporated the community into the endeavor. With the help of local fishermen and their families, 52 fishing boats were sanded down, removed of mollusks, repaired with fiberglass and painted with primer to prepare them for their colorful transformations. The fishermen of Pepillo Salcedo took to the project enthusiastically, some paddling for hours to reach Los Coquitos Beach, where their boats were to be painted. Related: Old fisherman’s shack is reimagined as a dreamy eco retreat The utilization of the parrotfish conception was a mindful decision, as the animal holds a special significance in the tropical Caribbean region. The parrotfish feed off algae that collect onto the coral reefs , contributing to the cleanliness and therefore survival of the vital coral. What’s more, when the parrotfish eat the algae, it allows for the coral polyps (the soft, tiny organisms that help to form the structure of reefs) to become more resilient to other stressors, such as pollution or global warming. The fish feeds off of the coral itself as well, which is then turned into sand through the parrotfish’s digestive system and the animal’s tough teeth — some of the strongest teeth in the ocean , according to scientists. It is a fragile balance and relationship that benefits both the fish and the reef. A single parrotfish can produce hundreds of pounds worth of white sand in a single year, which means a substantial portion of the Caribbean beaches is made of parrotfish poop. Though the parrotfish is a protected species, intense illegal fishing has caused a devastating deterioration in both the fish population and the delicate harmony of the ecosystem. Needless to say, if the parrotfish numbers continue to decline, the region’s iconic white sand beaches and the colorful coral reefs will be in big trouble . The entire project took about four weeks, and now the 52 yolas (the local term for these traditional fishing boats) that cruise the Bay of Manzanillo serve as a reminder for the respect and mindfulness required for the survival of the Caribbean parrotfish, white sand beaches and coral reefs. + Boa Mistura Images via Boa Mistura

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Thousands of women create world’s largest crochet blanket in India

February 7, 2016 by  
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After six months and an incredible amount of yarn, the Mother India’s Crochet Queens have set a new Guinness World Record for creating the largest crochet blanket in the world. Over two thousand women between the ages of 8 and 85 worked together to create the colorful, soccer pitch-sized blanket that stretched over 11,000 square meters in size. Now that the record has been reached, the blankets will be donated to NGOs, which will distribute them to underprivileged people across the country. READ MORE>

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Tokyo’s first multistory building made of 100% wood overcomes rigid fire regulations

November 9, 2015 by  
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Highest CO2 concentrations on record comprise Earth’s new “permanent reality”

November 9, 2015 by  
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It can’t really be a surprise to discover that CO2 levels have reached an all-time high. Record concentrations of carbon dioxide are prompting United Nations experts to urge world leaders to take swift action to curb emissions . In projections , the Earth’s atmospheric CO2 level is on track to reach a point equivalent to 143 percent of pre-industrial times. This milestone, which is expected to be reached next year, has the head of the UN’s weather agency calling for immediate action to cut carbon emissions in an attempt to steer away from a new “permanent reality” in which the Earth is irreparably scarred from the effects of climate change. Read the rest of Highest CO2 concentrations on record comprise Earth’s new “permanent reality”

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This colorful Bienenhaus is a bee castle that provides sanctuary for 16 beehives

June 9, 2015 by  
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INFOGRAPHIC: 33 Clever tricks to make any tiny space feel bigger

June 9, 2015 by  
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Wish you could expand your house without paying for a costly renovation? Vanessa Arbuthnott has you covered with this infographic featuring 33 clever tricks for making any small space feel bigger. Whether it’s a studio bedroom that needs some extra space or a cluttered kitchen, these tips are perfect for all the major rooms of your house. Even better, these helpful and low-cost suggestions are accompanied by short explanations that break down how a certain color change or proposed organization style can make a big difference. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: 33 Clever tricks to make any tiny space feel bigger Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: infographic , reader submitted content , space-saving , space-saving tricks , Vanessa Arbuthnott

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We Make Carpets’ Intricate Designs Are a Colorful Criticism of Consumerism

October 22, 2014 by  
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Artist Natsuko Kogure Creates Over 600 Colorful Octopi From Recycled Newspaper

August 16, 2013 by  
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Shift’s New Viva Furniture Collection Honors the Skills of Latin American Craftspeople

August 15, 2013 by  
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Mexico and many Latin American countries are rich with masterful artisans and craftsmen of great skill and talent that are capable of creating objects of outstanding beauty and rich cultural value. With this in mind, Shift ‘s new Viva collection merges artistry and craftsmanship with modern technology to create furniture pieces with soul. Each piece in the furniture collection consists of a set of computer-machined parts that can be packed flat to ship and easily assembled at home. 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! Read the rest of Shift’s New Viva Furniture Collection Honors the Skills of Latin American Craftspeople Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , eco chairs , eco design , flat pack furniture , green decor , green design , green interiors , mexico , Shift , sustainable design , sustainable furnishings , sustainable products , Viva        

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ARCHI7’s Prefab MMR House is Made from Recycled Materials and Features Brilliant Interiors

February 5, 2013 by  
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