Carsten Hller’s giant spiraling slides explore emotional links between people and plants

March 12, 2018 by  
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German artist Carsten Höller recently announced plans to build two giant spiraling slides in Florence, Italy – and the installation will research the emotional link between people and plants. The Florence Experiment invites visitors to zip through two 65-foot-high slides with a plant in hand. At the bottom, scientists will be on hand to test the plants to see if they register the emotions of the person holding them. Höller, who has a PhD in plant pathology, has often used his signature art medium to make serious commentary on our society. For his latest experiment, the artist will be working with Professor Stefano Mancuso to demonstrate how human emotions can affect plants in an effort to encourage more empathy for the vegetation around us. Related: Mesmerizing light installation is powered by visitors’ collective heartbeat The slides will be installed in the beautiful Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, Italy, as part of a larger exhibition. Visitors to the Renaissance palace can board a slide from the second-floor terrace, where they will be handed a plant. After the fun twisty ride, the plants will be taken to the basement were a laboratory has been set up to test if any of the plants have been affected by the emotions of the humans as they slide down. According to the artists, the objective is not only to investigate the effect on the plants, but also to encourage people to be more empathetic to the botanical world around them. In addition to the slides, a second plant research installation will set up two cinemas in the lab: one showing comedy films while the other shows horror films. The experiment, organized by Höller and Mancuso, will record the audience’s reaction to the two films. These “volatile chemical compounds” will then be piped through tubes to the exterior of the palace in an effort to affect the climbing wisteria plants on the building’s facade. The researchers will study the vines’ growth over the course of the installation to see how it responds to the fear or delight of the audience. A live “plant graph” of the wisteria’s growth, based on these emotions, will be visible from the street. “Palazzo Strozzi will become a site of real contemporary experimentation and reflection, turning an architectural Renaissance masterpiece into a workshop of dialogue between art and science,” said curator, Galansino. Via Dezeen Renderings by Michele Giuseppe Onali

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Everyday objects return to their ‘roots’ by sprouting wooden branches and leaves

August 3, 2017 by  
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Seeing random greenery sprouting from your furniture is usually a sign it’s time to hire a professional housecleaner – unless, of course, its art. Lebanese-Brazilian artist Camille Kachani just unveiled a unique collection of household objects that appear to have sprouted wooden limbs and green leaves. The thought-provoking collection showcases a number of everyday furnishings reworked with plant systems that “sprout” from the objects. Chairs, shelves, shovels, rakes, books, and even ovens have been transformed with weaving roots, branches, and green leaves, resulting in a nature-inspired sculpture that brings the objects back to their original “roots.” Related: Create the perfect minimalist garden with these circular wall planters According to the artist, he reworks the objects in order to reference their natural state and show the limitless “possibilities related to the process of transformation of nature.” By rendering the furnishings or tools unusable, the hybrid objects appear to be slowly returning to their natural form. + Camille Kachan Via This is Colossal

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Trump waives dozens of environmental laws to speed construction of his wall

August 3, 2017 by  
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An anonymous official revealed two weeks ago that Trump intends to decimate the “crown jewel” of the national refuge system in order to build his border wall. Now, the Department of Homeland Security has announced it would disregard dozens of environmental rules in order to rush construction, which could start as soon as January. Workers have already been on site to prepare for building. The government is allowed to waive environmental requirements in order to build infrastructure, including skirting the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Water Act. In order to avoid dealing with private land owners, Trump’s wall is slated to start in the Santa Ana refuge, and while building in any refuge would be awful for the environment, the Sant Ana refuge is particularly devastating because it is home to the endangered ocelot, jaguar and jaguarondi. It is also one of the most cherished bird refuges in the US. “The lower Rio Grande is a national treasure for birds,” said Michael J. Parr, President of American Bird Conservancy . Related: “Crown jewel” wildlife refuge to be decimated as Trump starts building border wall Funding for the wall has already been approved by the House and now it is heading to the Senate for approval. It includes a provision for rebuilding the wall in San Diego, which was built just a decade ago. “Replacing the San Diego border wall only a decade after it was built shows that the border wall has always been stupid, ineffective and incredibly expensive,” Brian Segee, attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity said. “Trump’s border wall would compound this travesty by dividing and destroying more communities, wildlife and wild places.” Meanwhile, one of the most incredible bird watching refuges in the US stands to be split in half by the wall unless the Senate is convinced to kill funding. Via Grist Images via Flickr , Wikimedia and Wikimedia

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Reclaimed Table’s furniture and paneling makes sustainability stunning

January 27, 2016 by  
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The Chicago-based Reclaimed Table is small business armed with a passion for high-quality, green design. All of the materials used to create their tables, paneling, and slabs are eco-friendly, from the reclaimed and FSC certified wood, to the low-VOC finishes and formaldehyde-free Baltic birch plywood. Even some of the production equipment they use has been resurrected from a past life, including a wood planer from the Smithsonian. With hickory tables made from the subfloor of a former school gymnasium, paneling from a Kentucky farm that trained prize racehorses, and beech tables made from the barn where barbed wire was patented, their pieces have the ability to tell a truly unique story while promoting the ideals of sustainability. Learn more about them and their work on their website , and on their blog . + Reclaimed Table 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!

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‘Silhouettes’ are the perfect artificial plant alternative to boring plastic plants

January 26, 2016 by  
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A nice thing about the human mind is that it only needs parts of information in order to get the whole idea, we easily fill in the gaps with information from past experiences. So to evoke an image of a plant, the outline of one will do. Dutch design studio OOOMS created 3 silhouettes of ordinary houseplants, to be used at home in your windowsill or as desk divider at the office. The Silhouettes take up virtually no space and best of all, they don’t need water, making the perfect artificial plant alternative to those boring plastic plants. + OOOMS 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!

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‘Monsieur Plant’ Grows Nike Sneakers using Flowers

November 8, 2014 by  
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The French artist known as Monsieur Plant is living up to his name with a fashionable line of sneakers made out of flowers, moss, bark and dirt. Aptly named Just Grow It , the collection even features Nike’s famous swoosh made using seeds. The incredible creations are the artist’s way of showing the dichotomy between marketing, media and ethics. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Art , Christopher Guinet , ecouterre , Growing art , growing fashion , growing sneakers , Just Grow It , Monsieur Plant , plant art , style

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Self-Driving Cars Will Change Our Lives

November 7, 2014 by  
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There’s no doubt about it – driverless cars are on the way. Everyone from Google to Tesla , Lexus , and Porsche are developing autonomous vehicles – but have you ever considered how self-driving cars will change your life? L&L Automotive just launched a new infographic that shows some of the technology’s numerous benefits – from fewer accidents and safer streets to greater multitasking opportunities. Check out the full infographic after the break! Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: How Self-Driving Cars Will Change Our Lives Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: autonomous car , autonomous vehicle , driverless car , driverless vehicles , google self-driving car , green transportation , infographic , self driving cars

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LivePicture is a Living, Breathing Work of Art for Any Wall

May 22, 2014 by  
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Green walls seem to be the next big thing as far as interior decorating goes, and it’s great to see them popping up all over the place, from cafes to living rooms. Some can be more needy than others as far as care and maintenance go, but LivePicture is a product that allows anyone to transform a space with an easy-to-use wall planter kit.  Suite Plants , a family owned-and-operated business, created LivePicture as a way for anyone to incorporate a bit of living greenery into their space. These living frames come in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit any room, and only need to be watered once or twice a month! Living plants on walls don’t just look beautiful— they purify the air around them , and bring a wondrous sense of calm to any room. + Suite Plants 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: “green wall” , “living wall” , framed plant garden , Live Picture , LivePicture , LIVING ART , living green wall , living picture , plant art , plants , Suite Plants , vertical garden

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Amazing Botanical Sculptures Bring Fairytale Landscapes to Life in Montréal

July 10, 2013 by  
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Insolvency for Big Companies Suggest Germany’s Solar Industry is in Peril

July 10, 2013 by  
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It seems that almost every other month, Germany sets a new solar power record. However, despite the sunny outlook for the current state of power generation, production of solar panels has been showing signs of distress. On Friday of last week, Conergy and Gehrlicher Solar filed for insolvency. Several weeks ago, Siemens stated that they would be closing their solar division after losing nearly $1 billion over the past two years. Bosch has decided to leave the solar market, citing similar losses. Read the rest of Insolvency for Big Companies Suggest Germany’s Solar Industry is in Peril Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bosch , china , Conergy , Electricity , gehrlicher solar , germany , implode , insolvency , power , record , renewable energy , siemens , solar , tariff        

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