Rusty shovel heads transformed into delicate lace-inspired sculptures

February 27, 2017 by  
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Artist Denise Bizot has a gift for breathing new life into an unexpected medium—rusted shovel heads. The New Orleans-based artist retrieves discarded shovel heads from salvage yards and carves beautifully intricate lace-inspired designs into the rusted surfaces. She typically keeps the oxidized patina intact for the visual contrast between the weathered object and the delicate new designs. Formerly a drafter in the petroleum industry, Bizot returned to Loyola New Orleans to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus on sculpture. Her interest in found objects , particularly metals, sparked her metalworking craft and love of transforming discarded junk and debris found in New Orleans into beautiful sculptures. In addition to her reworked shovel heads and other sculptures, Bizot also creates more functional pieces such as metal room dividers and handmade tables. Related: Artist sculpts lifelike grizzly bear from recycled cardboard “Like many cities undergoing gentrification , New Orleans is replete with discarded metal, miscellaneous street junk and salvage yards teeming with all sorts of debris,” writes Bizot. “For me, the idea of reclaiming, deconstructing and transforming “so-called junk” into works of sculpture is fascinating.” + Denise Bizot

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Louisiana Oil Spill Shuts Down New Orleans Port and Parts of the Mississippi River

February 24, 2014 by  
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The Port of New Orleans and surrounding areas were closed Sunday after a barge collided with a tow boat, causing oil to spill into the Mississippi River. The boats were located between Baton Rouge and New Orleans when the collision occurred, and investigators are trying to determine what happened. Luckily no one was injured and the area’s drinking water supply is safe, but officials were forced to shut down 65 miles of the Mississippi River while crews worked to clean the spill. By Sunday afternoon, a line of vessels had formed, waiting to get up and down the river while the cleanup was underway. Read the rest of Louisiana Oil Spill Shuts Down New Orleans Port and Parts of the Mississippi River Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: barge and tug collide , Baton Rouge oil spill , coast guard , environmental news , ES&H , louisiana oil spill , Louisiana oil spill 2014 , Mississippi River closed , Mississippi River closed by spill , Mississippi River oil spill , New Orleans oil spill , New Orleans oil spill 2014 , New Orleans port closed , New Orleans Port oil spill , Ocean Oil Spill , oil clean up , oil spill , oil spill clean up , oil spill cleaning , State Department of Environmental Quality , water traffic        

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Good Egg’s brings the farmers market to Brooklyn’s door

November 25, 2013 by  
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Local food startup now makes daily deliveries in San Francisco, New Orleans and Brooklyn.

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This resiliency plan makes New Orleans look like Amsterdam

September 17, 2013 by  
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Imagine getting around New Orleans by canal. In this vision, floating streets and 'water plazas' help to flood-proof the Big Easy.

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Swoon’s Dithyrambalina is a New Orleans Shanty Town That Doubles as Giant Music Box

April 11, 2012 by  
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Coca-Cola’s Grafitti Hits Historic New Orleans Neighborhoods Ahead of Final Four

March 30, 2012 by  
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Apparently Coca-Cola is really into New Orleans lassez-faire lifestyle, so much so that they decided to cover the sidewalks of the historic French Quarter and Treme neighborhoods with company logos as part of a guerrilla marketing campaign ahead of this weekend’s Final Four Championship games. As quickly as the adverts popped up, so too did angry comments on social media around the city, prompting Coca-Cola to begin the removal process as quickly as the stencils had been applied. Read the rest of Coca-Cola’s Grafitti Hits Historic New Orleans Neighborhoods Ahead of Final Four Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Coca Cola , Corpoarte Responsibility , Corproate Vandalism , Grafitti Art , guerilla marketing , Guerrilla Advertising , New Orleans , public art , Street art , Sustainable Advertising

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Scientists Clone Elm Trees to Protect Them from Extinction

March 30, 2012 by  
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Canadian scientists have discovered a way to clone elm trees, which for decades, have have fallen victim to the deadly Dutch elm disease . It is believed that their findings could become a model to preserve, and successfully grow, thousands of endangered plants around the globe. Read the rest of Scientists Clone Elm Trees to Protect Them from Extinction Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: American elm , cloning , Dutch Elm Disease , elm trees , endangered plants , endangered species , in vitro technologies , Praveen Saxena , University of Guelph , urban sprawl

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A Look Into San Francisco’s Downtown Secret Gardens

March 30, 2012 by  
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Will Mardi Gras Beads Be Recycled?

February 21, 2012 by  
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An estimated 25 million pounds of plastic beads make their way through New Orleans every Mardi Gras, according to the Los Angeles Times. And because they can’t be processed by local recyclers, they often end up as litter in nearby waterways or…

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Six Years After Katrina, Tropical Storm Lee Hits the Gulf Coast

September 3, 2011 by  
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Almost exactly six years after Hurricane Katrina slammed New Orleans, producing one of the worst natural disasters in American history, the Gulf Coast is set to get battered by another major storm. By all accounts, Tropical Storm Lee isn’t expected to cause the level of destruction that Katrina left behind, but it might test the rebuilt levees on the Mississippi. About 6,000 New Orleans residents were evacuated in advance of the storm’s landfall, and Louisiana and Mississippi have declared states of emergency. So far, about 35,000 homes in Louisiana were reported to be without power. Read the rest of Six Years After Katrina, Tropical Storm Lee Hits the Gulf Coast Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: gulf coast , gulf of mexico , Hurricane Katrina , louisiana , Mississippi River , natural disasters , New Orleans , offshore drilling , Tropical Storm Lee

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