Giant Fish Sculptures Made from Discarded Plastic Bottles in Rio As part of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) an enormous outdoor installation of fish was constructed using discarded plastic bottles on Botafogo beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The sculptures are illuminated from the inside at night creating a pretty spectacular light show. Love this. See much more over on this Rio+20 Flicker set. (via hungeree and razor shapes)
Designing the Perfect Anti-Object Behold the Camden Bench. This pale, amorphous lump of sculpted concrete is designed to resist almost everything in a city that it might come into contact with. Named for the London authority that commissioned it, the Camden Bench has a special coating which makes it impervious to graffiti and vandalism. The squat, featureless surface gives drug dealers nowhere to hide their secret caches. The angled sides repel skateboarders and flyposters, litter and rain.
Thrifty DIY: Encyclopedia Flowers The last time I was at the Goodwill, I found myself in the book section. You'd be surprised at how many good books you can nab there for 99 cents a piece! Then I saw a few lonely encyclopedias - some strays no longer with their original set. I feel kind of sad for these obsolete relics of the past, don't you? So I grabbed the G-H volume for 99 cents and got to work giving them a new life in flower form! While I'm not crazy about the idea of tearing up books, encyclopedias (especially single volumes) seem to be a good bet for not being used again.
Definitions - Waters Foundation These are just a few of the ways that people define the term “systems thinking.” Definition 1 “What do we mean when we say ‘systems thinking?'” We can use the phrase to refer to a set of tools – such as causal loop diagrams, stock and flow diagrams and simulation models – that help us map and explore dynamic complexity. We can also use it to mean a unique perspective on reality – a perspective that sharpens our awareness of whole and of how the parts within those wholes interrelate. Finally, systems thinking can refer to a special vocabulary with which we express our understanding of dynamic complexity.
Zheng Chunhui's sculputre 4 years in the making China has a long tradition of wooden sculptures. For centuries they are transforming pieces of raw wood into works of inspiring art , but none as impressive as the sheer creation of Zheng Chunhui . This talented Chinese artist spent the last four years meticulously carving a detailed replica of a famous traditional Chinese painting called ” Along the River during the Qingming Festival ” in the trunk of a little over 12 feet long tree. See more art and design pieces here: PICCADILLY
Randall Rosenthal woodworked sculptures A skill like woodworking takes years and thousands of hours to become more than just a proficient at, but this man invested that time to be a certifiable master. His name is Randall Rosenthal and he has talent that can result in mind-bending illusions. Here are some of them! 1.) Box full of money 2.)
Thefrugalcrafter's Weblog Posted on April 6, 2011 by thefrugalcrafter You gotta love free right? Take a look at the lovely beads you can make today: Nice huh? Habits of a Systems Thinker - Waters Foundation The Habits of a Systems Thinker describe ways of thinking about how systems work and how actions taken can impact results seen over time. They encompass a spectrum of thinking strategies that foster problem-solving and encourage questioning. Though “habit” is defined as a usual way of doing things, the Habits of a Systems Thinker do not suggest that systems thinkers are limited by routine ways of thinking. Old Pallets Becomes Chairs with Acrylic Details Wooden freight pallets are used by companies every day and eventually they end up in the landfill or are incinerated. Korean design studio Craft Combine decided to design a chair out of them, thereby saving some from becoming waste. The Pattered Pallet Chair gives new life to the old pallets, each showing their history with cracks and marks from previous use. They researched the history of the pallet and discovered they were developed back in 1800 and through the mass production age in the early 1900s. The chairs’ patterns were inspired by Art Deco designs, which were prominent during that time. Two chair styles were designed, both of which were outfitted with overlapping pieces of acrylic in different colors to create geometric patterns.
Books and Stones Embedded with Sleek Layers of Laminate Glass by Ramon Todo Splitting his time between Kanagawa, Japan and Dusseldorf, Germany, artist Ramon Todo (previously) is known for his small sculptures of rocks and books embedded with polished layers of glass. Todo’s decision to seamlessly introduce disparate materials into a single object creates an unusual intention, as if these objects have always existed this way. The random pieces of obsidian, fossils, volcanic basalt, and old books are suddenly redefined, or as Beautiful/Decay’s Genista Jurgens puts it: “By inserting something alien into these pieces, Todo is effectively rewriting their history, and the place that these objects hold in the world.”