Victor Castanera Transforms Beach Sand into Gorgeous Sustainable Tableware

September 17, 2012 by  
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Like building sand castles, Castanera’s process begins with simply pouring water on sand on the beach.  Castanera lets nature dictate the bowl’s shape around the mold as it settles and eventually dries. After removing coral , chunky stones and other debris from the beach, an eco-friendly acrylic resin is poured into the mold to set the shape. Once the bowl is hardened, the bowl is carefully dug out of the sand on the beach. Like an archaeologist, Castanera then carefully brushes away the excess sand to reveal the set bowl. The organic method connects the craftsman directly with his process, making production easy to set up without the need for a factory or industry. Castanera finds his process just as important as the aesthetic of each piece, and users are reminded simply by looking at the surface of each. With each grain of sand still visible, the bowls remind the user of how each was made. Castanera also makes plates, cups and trays using the same beach process. The pieces appear to be delicate, but are actually very durable thanks to the acrylic resin. Castanera’s Arenisco line return the fabrication process back into the hands of the designer. + Victor Castanera Via Yatzer

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6 Out of This World Space-Based Solar Power Designs

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Veilige Veste is a Former Office Building Transformed into a Women’s Shelter in The Netherlands

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Andrew Gorovenko Uses Loose Tea to Create Exotic Landscapes

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Soundscapes of Smog Lets You Hear the Pollution of US Cities

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Southern California is notorious for its smog, but just a few hundred miles away in the High Sierras, the air is much cleaner. To demonstrate the difference, researchers Aaron Reuben and Gabriel Isaacman of Yale Center for Environmental Policy and University of California Berkeley took pollutant compounds from air samples to create a sound spectrum of California’s ‘cleaner’ and ‘dirtier’ locations to help understand the way we breathe. You can actually hear the difference between clean air and smog ! Read the rest of Soundscapes of Smog Lets You Hear the Pollution of US Cities Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Aaron Reuben , air , Caldecott Tunnel , California , chemicals , compounds , Gabriel Isaacman , gas chromotography , mass spectometry , Pollution , Sierra Mountains , Sound , Soundscapes , spectrum , university of california berkeley , Yale Center for Environmental Policy

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