Artist draws attention to the single-use plastic crisis

April 1, 2021 by  
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New York City is famously a center for culture and creativity in the U.S. But even in a city that’s filled with so much to see and do, one art exhibit is standing out among the crowd. Artist Dionnys Matos is using art to draw attention to sustainability and why it matters so much, what it means for the Earth and how it can be used as an influence to create beautiful things. Matos recycles and reuses items like foam bowls, plastic cups, bubble wrap and packaging materials in his art. His work focuses on what single-use objects really mean and the impact they have. Related: News From the Future imagines iconic landmarks after a climate apocalypse One work, titled “Wave”, is a four-panel mural created with bubble wrap that was injected with acrylic. According to Matos, this work showcases how our oceans are being overtaken by plastic . In this piece, the sea is getting its revenge. The still-life nature of “The Nature of Things” invites viewers to pause and draw awareness to their surroundings, the objects they interact with daily and how these objects impact the surroundings in the long-term. “Do we destroy our environment, or do we adapt? Are we capable of reusing that which is at the service of our comfort?” the project statement asks. The exhibit, titled Take a Minute: A Show of Resilience, is on display at the Thomas Nickles Project gallery at 47 Orchard Street in New York City. This gallery focuses exclusively on contemporary Cuban art . The pieces will be on display until April 18, and more information about the exhibit is available online . “I link these works with the environment in favor of an ecological conscience, Adopting dynamics inspired by the conservation of nature,” the artist said of the exhibit. “I work with recycled art with disposable materials that are not biodegradable; In these works I use bubble wrap giving it a utilitarian purpose, with the main objective of creating awareness of the dangers that threaten the planet and promote its conservation , enhance communication and citizen participation in the defense of nature and encourage political commitment in pursuit of this.” Matos trained at the Professional Academy of Plastic Arts and lives in Bogotá, Colombia. He continues to work on projects that will promote recycling and raise awareness of environmental issues. Matos joins many artists who are calling attention to the environmental issues — and possible solutions — of our world. Throughout history, artists have always captured the world as they see it, freezing a moment in time for successive generations to enjoy … and ponder. + Thomas Nickles Project Images via Thomas Nickles Project

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A clarion call for inventors and investors

March 28, 2020 by  
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Geoengineering and environmental technologies are the vaccines author Thomas Kostigen believes we need to cure the planet’s ills.

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Burnt wood-clad tiny home manages to pack a ton of luxury into just 240 square feet

September 8, 2016 by  
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New Frontier Tiny Homes is owned and operated by David Latimer, Zac Thomas, and Eddie Latimer, who seek to develop tiny houses on wheels for people to live in a more sensible way. They hope to show people that they can live economically, socially and environmentally-friendly without compromising on aesthetics. Their latest creation, the Alpha Tiny House, combines their expert construction skills with a Japanese technique for keeping fire, bacteria and fungi naturally at bay called Shou Sugi Ban.  This wood burning technique was applied to leftover cedar wood from a barn, while its cozy interiors make for a lovely contrast inside. Related: Towable Riverside tiny house packs every conventional amenity into 246 square feet   The interiors are where this home shines: filled with storage, transformable furniture, vintage and classic design pieces, as well as an eight-person dining table, it is surpisingly large. A hidden  loft bedroom also fits in the space, and a complete kitchen with the latest appliances shows living outdoors doesn’t always mean roughing it. The pop-up home is completed by a Jacuzzi tub, a modern shower, and composting toilet for a touch of modern-rustic. + New Frontier Tiny Homes Via My Modern Met

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This Kitchen Fantasy You Just Have To Read

November 16, 2015 by  
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My time in the kitchen often reads like that famous Thomas Hobbes quote – nasty, brutish and short. Sometimes, however, I dream.  I pretend that if I had more beautiful things in my kitchen, I would be transformed into Julia Child. Meal prep would…

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Heatherwick Studio completes tornado-like university building in Singapore

March 16, 2015 by  
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Ben Thomas Depicts Tokyo as a Tiny Version of Itself Using Tilt-Shift Photography

March 12, 2014 by  
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Thomas Heatherwick’s V&A Waterfront Gallery in Cape Town Will be Carved From an Old Grain Silo

March 6, 2014 by  
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42 vertical concrete tubes and a distinct lack of open space might not sound like ideal conditions for an exhibition of modern African art, but for Thomas Heatherwick it’s just another puzzle to solve. The architect plans to integrate the heritage of an industrial grain silo into the new V&A Waterfront in Cape Town , which will feature artwork from the personal collection of Jochen Zeitz , a German collector, entrepreneur, and ex-CEO of Puma. Read the rest of Thomas Heatherwick’s V&A Waterfront Gallery in Cape Town Will be Carved From an Old Grain Silo Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cellular concrete structure , industrial grain silo museum , Jacobs Parker , Jochen Zeitz art collection , Rick Brown Associates , thomas heatherwick , V&A Waterfront in Cape Town , Van Der Merwe Miszewski , Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa        

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Berlin’s Floating Arena Badeschiff Swimming Pool is the City’s Coolest Spot for Summer

August 6, 2012 by  
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How Green Is The Thomas Heatherwick-Designed 2012 Olympic Cauldron?

August 3, 2012 by  
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The opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games had many highlights, culminating in the lighting of the Thomas Heatherwick-designed Olympic Cauldron . A major aim of the Olympic committee has been to make the London Games as green as possible , but the iconic copper cauldron—beautiful as it may be—is fueled by a steady stream of natural gas. Read the rest of How Green Is The Thomas Heatherwick-Designed 2012 Olympic Cauldron? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Green Olympics , london 2012 , london 2012 olympic games , London Olympic Cauldron , natural gas , Olympic Cauldron , thomas heatherwick , Thomas Heatherwick Olympic Cauldron

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Atlas Chugged: How GPS Tracking and Mapping Can Help You Save Tons of Money in Gas

August 3, 2012 by  
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The constant need to fuel your car and the emissions that doing so releases into the air can be incredibly frustrating for motorists, and more so, those that are eco-conscious. With the focus slowly shifting towards zero emission cars , there is hope on the horizon for those of us sinking significant portions of our paychecks and social conscience straight into the gas tank. The truth is, however, not every one can afford to buy a new fuel-efficient automobile , and if we can, the payout or reimbursement certainly isn’t immediate. For the time being, there is one prime option that those of us looking to help our wallet and the environment can take. That option is a three-letter acronym that most of us use, not in terms of less fuel usage, but for getting somewhere on the fastest way possible. Although it might not be via the fastest route, as it turns out, your GPS may just help you use less gas in your travels. Read the rest of Atlas Chugged: How GPS Tracking and Mapping Can Help You Save Tons of Money in Gas Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: fuel efficiency , fuel efficient driving , fuel management , fuel management systems , gas saving tips , gps , GPS Tracking , Grady Winston , lower emissions , reduce emissions , save gas , using gps to save gas , ways to save gas

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