Ai Weiwei and Shepard Fairey launch skateboard protest art for Trump’s 100th day

April 27, 2017 by  
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Artist-activists Ai Weiwei and Shepard Fairey have teamed up to launch a new series of artwork today in response to the 100th day of Donald Trump’s presidency. The pieces are printed on an intriguing medium: limited-edition skateboards. The collection is debuting at The Skateroom , a social entrepreneurship initiative that uses funds from its custom, fine-art skateboard decks to support at-risk youth. This is the second time The Skateroom has worked with Ai Weiwei , a contemporary artist and political activist whose work has drawn the ire of Chinese government on more than one occasion. His Study of Perspective collection showcases a series of photos shot between 1995 and 2003, with the artist flipping the finger at iconic landmarks and symbols of authority across the globe. Though it’s not a new series, the spirit of ideological opposition is one that remains especially relevant in today’s political climate – and the piece The Skateroom has chosen to highlight takes aim directly at the White House. LA-based street artist Shepard Fairey , perhaps best known for his iconic and controversial Obama “HOPE” posters , has also adapted one of his existing political works for The Skateroom. No Future is a simple, black and white stenciled image that denounces hate speech and propaganda – two subjects that have become disturbingly urgent in this new era of fake news and “alternative facts.” Related: Creepy Skull Sculptures Rise from the Remains of Dead Skateboards The collaboration with both artists makes perfect sense – Weiwei and Fairey have both attempted throughout their careers to use art as a force for positive social change, so The Skateroom’s mission is a clear match. These politically-charged works will debut at Art Market San Francisco from April 27th-29th, and will be available to purchase at The Skateroom online store. The Ai Weiwei print is available in a limited edition run of 666 hand screen-printed 7-ply Canadian maple skateboards, the first 66 of which will be signed by the artist and priced at $3,000 each. The Shepard Fairy edition will be slightly more limited, with only 450 skateboards available, priced at $450 a piece. + The Skateroom Images courtesy of The Skateroom

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Latvian art students transform a single birch tree into energy for 70 people

April 10, 2015 by  
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NASA says finding life on other planets almost certain within next two decades

April 10, 2015 by  
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NASA recently gave a definitive answer to one of the biggest collective questions humanity has ever asked: are Earth’s inhabitants alone in the universe? NASA says the answer is “almost certainly no,” according to Phys.org . And while we could meet our alien neighbors within the next two decades, they may not take the form of what you’re used to seeing in science fiction. Read the rest of NASA says finding life on other planets almost certain within next two decades Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alien life , alien life likely within 10-20 years , alien life on Mars , are we alone in the universe , ET life , finding life on other planets , ganymede underwater ocean life , life in space , life on mars , nasa says life on other planets almost certain , space exploration

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Goldfish are taking over a Colorado lake

April 10, 2015 by  
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A few years ago, someone dumped some unwanted goldfish (poor fish) into Teller Lake in Boulder, Colorado. Well, the fish, doing what fish do (in apparent rabbit-like fashion), multiplied. A lot. There are now so many fish in the lake that they have to be collected in order to maintain the “integrity” of the lake. The options? Drain the lake and start over. Or collect the fish with a special boat. The dumping of pet or other fish into any Colorado waterway is illegal and can result in detrimental environmental effects. Via Geek Infinite Image via Jeremy Keith Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: boulder colorado goldfish problem , colorado goldfish in lake , goldfish in colorado lake , goldfish in lake , invasive fish in colorado lake , invasive species in colorado lake , koi goldfish , lake full of goldfish

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Creepy Skull Sculptures Rise from the Remains of Dead Skateboards

October 22, 2014 by  
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More frightening than those bruises, broken bones, or arthritis, your old skateboards have come back to haunt you. Carved from the remnants of shattered boards by designer Beto Janz , these creepy heads mysteriously started to appear around the town of Curitiba in Brazil—no doubt hunting down the jumps and flips that killed them. Read on for the story behind these spooky designs, if you dare… Read the rest of Creepy Skull Sculptures Rise from the Remains of Dead Skateboards Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: beto janz , creepy skulls , dead skateboards , guerilla art , halloween , Recycled Materials , recycled skateboards , recycled wood , skate parks , skateboard , skateboard skulls , skateboards , skull , skulls , Ultra SKate Store , up cycled skateboards , urban art , urban art installations , wooden skulls

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Business Crafts Old Skateboards into Jewelry and Belt Buckles

October 30, 2012 by  
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What started out as a recycled skateboard birdhouse project with their son’s fifth grade class has boomed into a full-blown business for Phoenix residents Devin and Lisa Kelley. The couple founded Recycled Skateboards International (RSI), a company…

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Hardwood Floors & Basketball Courts Recycled into Skateboards

March 19, 2011 by  
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Image Courtesy of Brian Lopez, Glide Skateboards Watching basketball, do you ever wonder what happens to the wood flooring when the court has to be replaced? Well, in the case of the court at Virginia State University, the maple planks once played on by the Trojans were recycled, and in an unusual way: they’ve been remade into skateboards…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Sprouting Without Electricity – A Seed Gamble

March 19, 2011 by  
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Playing the hand.

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