Artist uses materials found in nature to create elaborate cairns and mandalas

February 28, 2018 by  
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Strolling through his hometown of Yorkshire, artist James Brunt finds artistic inspiration through almost any natural materials he can get his hands on. Whether walking along the beach or taking a forest stroll, Brunt creates intricate mandala-inspired designs out of fallen leaves, twigs or sea rocks. The determined artist will spend entire days on his land art, only to see it disappear under the rising tide waters or blown away in the wind. Brunt lets nature feed his inspiration, often wandering through dense woodlands to find the perfect place to create intricate pieces of land art. Located in Yorkshire, England, he explores nearby forests, parks, and beaches to find just the right spot and materials. When the inspiration hits him, he uses natural materials like twigs, fallen leaves, and rocks to create beautifully intricate mandala-like spirals and concentric circles.  Related: Artist turns golden leaves of Sacramento Gingko tree into inspiring works of art The artist is very considerate of the environment and takes none of the materials outside of their natural habitat. He’s also very careful not to trample natural flora or landscape. In fact, most of his land art only last a few hours, often being washed or blown away by the surrounding forces like tides or winds. You can find Brunt’s beautiful artwork on his Twitter and Facebook , where he sometimes invites people to join him in his artistic ventures. He also sells prints of his photographed artworks on his website . + James Brunt Via Bored Panda Images via James Brunt Website

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World’s first 3D-printed camper trailer took 9 days to make

February 28, 2018 by  
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3D printing just went seriously next level, as a Canadian team unveiled the world’s first 3D-printed camper. Weighing in as the largest indoor, single-piece 3D printed object in the world, the full-sized camper took 9 days and hundreds of feet of filament to create – and the results are pretty fantastic. ? The trailer is the first of its kind, and the sheer size of the project makes it impressive. This is no tiny trailer. The camper is 13 feet long, 6 feet wide and weighs 600 pounds – that’s 507 cubic feet of 3D-printed goodness. It’s over 3 times larger than the previous record-holding indoor, single-piece 3D print. The project was printed at Create Cafe in Saskatoon over 230 hours using the largest 3D printer in North America. Related: SOM debuts “world’s largest 3D-printed polymer building” designed for off-grid living You might think that this is just some novelty. But 3D-printed trailers have an advantage over traditional construction. Since it has no seams, you don’t have to worry about leaks. (If you’ve ever slept in a leaky camper, you know that’s major.) It also doesn’t require a chassis. And you can customize it to your wildest camper dreams. For instance, the team, led by Randy Janes of Wave of the Future 3D, designed the trailer so that it can be converted into an ice fishing cabin. Via Geek and Global News Images via Create Cafe Here it is! The world’s first 3D printed camper trailer. It’s also the largest object to ever be 3D printed at over 500 cubic feet. The trailer is on display at @CreateCafe3D in Saskatoon. #YXE #Sask @GlobalSaskatoon pic.twitter.com/hrF7UerLNb — Adam MacVicar (@AdamMacVicar) February 23, 2018

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Russian artist paints magical fairytale artworks onto tree trunks

January 16, 2018 by  
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Although street art can be found in virtually any cityscape these days, Russian artist Eugenia Dudnikova is taking her art back to nature. The artist paints beautifully intricate artwork on the small bark-less spaces found in tree trunks. Her tiny, surrealistic images were inspired by children’s book illustrations. The specific location of the artist’s work is unknown, but its clear that Dudnikova uses the serenity of nature as inspiration. Using acrylic paints, she turns bark-free spaces into tiny works of tree art hidden deep inside the forest. Related: Artist turns golden leaves of Sacramento Gingko tree into inspiring works of art The images include depictions of animals, people, and landscapes, all painted in muted pastel tones that, along with the serene surroundings, give a melancholy feel to the artwork. Although the exact location of Dudnikova’s work is undisclosed, more images of her work can be found on Behance . + Eugenia Dudnikova Via Fuzbiz

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US CO2 emissions declined during Trump’s first year as president

January 16, 2018 by  
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What were United States carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions like in 2017, the first year President Donald Trump was in office? Based on preliminary estimates, the Rhodium Group said US emissions declined by just below one percent , thanks to changes in the energy sector. Electrek crunched the numbers and found 94.7 percent of net new electricity capacity came from renewables . But emissions from buildings , industry, and transportation increased – and America has a ways to go to meet Paris Agreement goals. Nearly 80 percent of reduction in American energy-related CO2 emissions between 2005 and 2016 are thanks to the electric power sector, according to the Rhodium Group. They said in an article, “Improved efficiency of buildings and appliances has helped flatten electricity demand, and coal has lost market share to lower-carbon natural gas and zero-carbon renewables. That trend continued in 2017.” Related: A ‘giant leap backward for humankind’ as CO2 emissions rise after years of stability The group said coal lost ground to other power sources. Solar , wind , and hydropower generation growth displaced coal and natural gas. Between January and October generation from the two more-polluting fuels fell by 138 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) compared against the same period the year before – and renewable generation increased by 75 million kWh. But energy-related CO2 emissions increased in other sectors – “offsetting more than one-quarter of the gains made in electric power,” according to the Rhodium Group. Even though Trump yanked America out of the Paris Accord , many states and cities said they’d stay in and work towards the United States’ goals. The Rhodium Group said, “Recent climate and clean energy policy developments at the state and city-level policy developments could potentially accelerate last year’s pace of emission reductions, while recent federal regulatory changes could slow that progress.” They said America seems to be on track to reach the 2009 Copenhagen Accord goal of 17 percent reduction under 2005 levels by 2020, as long as the country keeps up the one percent energy-related CO2 emissions decline and there are no big changes in other emissions. The Paris Agreement pledge was 26 to 28 percent reduction from 2005 levels by 2025. America is not on track to achieve that – the country would need an average annual reduction of 1.7 to two percent in energy-related CO2 emissions over the upcoming eight years. Via the Rhodium Group , Electrek , and Engadget Images via Depositphotos and Thomas Richter on Unsplash

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Artist carves an intricate forest into an old delivery van

August 3, 2017 by  
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Artist Dan Rawling s likes to give old metal scraps a new lease on life by carving them into forest-themed art works. His most recent work, Nature Delivers, is a massive forest landscape carved into the entire body of an old delivery truck. Rawlings uses an arsenal of tools to create his detailed pieces such as a hand held plasma torch, files, grinders, scalpels, welders, etching chemicals, etc. The results are intricate, hand-crafted scenes that are spectacular on their own, however, the works take on a life of their own when illuminated, where viewers can really appreciate the amazing details of the metal sculptures . Related: Artist transforms scrap metal into incredible lifelike sculptures The artist works on everything from old signs, rusty tools, and even empty water tanks . In 2014, the artist carved an 18-foot-high grain silo into a beautiful illuminated piece that was on display in London’s Battersea Park. His most recent work, Nature Delivers, saw the artist painstakingly cut an entire forest backdrop into of the body of an old delivery van. The work was commissioned for the Lost Eden festival, but unfortunately, was set on fire earlier this year. According to the artist, his work is meant to take people back to a simpler time in life, “I try to create images that remind people of the moments when everything seems possible and free,” says Rawlings, “times when climbing a tree, or sitting admiring the way its branches twist and curl means nothing, but means everything.” + Dan Rawlings Via This is Colossal Images via Dan Rawlings Facebook

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Forest Symphony Allows Humans to Hear Photosynthesis (Video)

January 15, 2014 by  
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Ryuichi Sakamoto “ART-ENVIRONMENT-LIFE” from YCAM on Vimeo . Imagine being able to watch and listen to the process of photosynthesis. After the massive earthquake that shook Japan in 2011, Ryuichi Sakamoto wanted to draw attention to the importance of our trees and forests, so he conceived a way for humans to do just that. The result of his work is an art installation, created alongside YCAM Interlab , called Forest Symphony, which Sakamoto created by placing specially-developed sensors on trees around the globe that now transmit the changing sounds of forests to a room in Japan. Read the rest of Forest Symphony Allows Humans to Hear Photosynthesis (Video) Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: biometric art , forest art , Forest Symphony , Forest Symphony art , Forest Symphony installation , Forest Symphony video , Great Tohoku Earthquake , hearing photosynthesis , Ryuichi Sakamoto , Ryuichi Sakamoto art , Ryuichi Sakamoto forest symphony , Ryuichi Sakamoto installation , Ryuichi Sakamoto photosynthesis , sounds of photsynthesis , Tohoku earthquake , Tohoku earthquake art , tree art , YCAM , YCAM forest symphony , YCAM Interlab , YCAM Japan , YCAM photosynthesis        

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Submit Your Architecture Projects to the 2014 Holcim Awards – $2 Million in Prize Money Awarded!

January 15, 2014 by  
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THE HOLCIM AWARDS IS NOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES! Since accepting its first application back in 2005, the Holcim Awards has recognized more that 150 innovative architecture projects from across the globe that have advanced sustainability in the built environment. Now in it’s eighth year, the  Holcim Awards  has become one of the most important international design competitions, highlighting exceptional work from global minds that want to contribute to a greener, more resilient built environment . Like year’s past, the 2014 competition is looking for bold ideas from both industry professionals and “next generation” designers (i.e. young professionals and students) that contribute to sustainability within architecture , building, civil engineering, landscape and urban design, as well as construction materials and technologies. The Holicm foundation will be awarding a cool $2 million in prize money  (WOW!) to the most exceptional projects evaluated under the five “target issues” for sustainable construction at both a regional and global level. Entries must be submitted online at  www.holcimawards.org  by March 24, 2014. ENTER THE COMPETITION HERE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: architecture award , architecture design competition , design awards , design competition cash prize , design competitions , Green Design Awards , green design competition , holcim awards , holcim.org        

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US Sees Slight Uptick in 2013 Carbon Emissions Despite Green Efforts

January 15, 2014 by  
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The US Energy Information Administration just put forth a new report that shows US carbon emissions increased 2% despite all the nation’s environmental initiatives in the past year. According to the new CO2 emission survey, the US put out roughly 5,300 million metric tons of CO2 emissions in 2013. The administration explained the slight increase was due to the increase in coal usage when the price of natural gas started rising in April 2012. Read the rest of US Sees Slight Uptick in 2013 Carbon Emissions Despite Green Efforts Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: atmosphere , carbon dioxide , carbon emissions , china , CO2 , coal , environmental destruction , green energy , India , Japan , natural gas , petroleum , Pollution , russia , US Energy Information Administration        

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Clever Backpack and Tent Hybrid Shelters Nomads and Homeless People

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Students Create a Zero-Impact Space for Respite and Education in a Chilean Ecological Reserve

December 30, 2013 by  
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The Arborama  project was conceived as an act of intervention in nature, meant to generate a place dedicated to environmental education. The installation was designed by the 2013 graduating class of the University of Talca (Chile) School of Architecture , and the students sited their work in a ecological reserve protected by the government of Chile. Arborama, which was required by law to be zero impact because of its location, uses platforms that were placed to coexist with pre-existing stones. What was generated were a series of seating and exhibition areas for the students to enjoy. + Arborama 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: Arborama , forest art , forest design , forest installation , University of Talca Chile School of Architecture        

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