Visions of the Future

archiemcphee:

New Delhi-based artist Subodh Gupta repurposes everyday materials, turning them into iconic symbols and creating awesome sculptures like this skull made of stainless steel containers and kitchen utensils. Entitled Very Hungry God, the striking 8 foot tall sculpture weighs nearly a ton. It was made in 2006 for the Nuit Blanche annual all-night art festival in Paris.

Here’s how Subodh Gupta described his piece:

"My work was conceived to be shown in a church in Barbes on the outskirts of Paris which is largely inhabited by an immigrant population. I made the work in response to the stories I read in the news about how soup kitchens in Paris were serving food with pork so that Muslims would not eat it. It was a strange and twisted form of charity that did not continue for long but raised conflicting ideas of giving and the way we have become now.

Outside the church I served vegetarian daal soup as a form of “prasad” (in India when you go to a temple or a guduwara you are offered food with the blessing). I liked the mix of the Catholic church and my intervention using a symbol that many artists have used before – the skull – and its many connotations.”

[via The Kick It Spot and 1800recycling.com]

ypsimojo:

citymaus:

  • Basic bollards in San Francisco, California
  • Public seating in New York, NY
  • Half-wheels in Seville, Spain
  • Grass and trees in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Parked bikes in Rotterdam, Netherlands

19 beautiful ways to protect bike lanes. via peopleforbikes, 04.10.13.

Need this in Ypsilanti

sagansense:

YTMND’s presentation of our future in all its horrifying glory.

via thatscienceguy

don’t like the first picture but wow good to know

(Source: thefutureofourworld.ytmnd.com, via paradoxicalparadigms)

unconsumption:


the artistic adventures of french artist benedetto bufalino can be trademarked by visually humorous transformations of consumable cultural objects. for one of his latest projects, he has reconstructed a 1970s french police car into a fully-functioning chicken coop fit for a farm.

(via benedetto bufalino repurposes a police car as a chicken coop)

unconsumption:

the artistic adventures of french artist benedetto bufalino can be trademarked by visually humorous transformations of consumable cultural objects. for one of his latest projects, he has reconstructed a 1970s french police car into a fully-functioning chicken coop fit for a farm.

(via benedetto bufalino repurposes a police car as a chicken coop)

(via mothernaturenetwork)

unconsumption:


Screw You is a collection of products reinterpreting the familiar PET bottle in unfamiliar ways.
Making clever use of the universal PET bottle screw top, the 3d printed Screw You connectors transform one or several PET bottles into a vase, a toy truck or a food container. Two other connectors integrate the PET bottle cap instead: the Screw You ring and bracelet.
Screw You is the first collection for the new Dutch design label Layers, focusing on 3d printed products with personality. Layers will continuously seek the outer limits of what 3d printing has to offer for product design: small scale production of clever products tailored to the needs and preferences of people. 3d printed on demand and close to the customer location. No more transport of products, but transport of data that is turned into a product by the 3d printer just around the corner. Your corner…

via Screw You Vase by David Graas | MOCO Vote

unconsumption:

Screw You is a collection of products reinterpreting the familiar PET bottle in unfamiliar ways.

Making clever use of the universal PET bottle screw top, the 3d printed Screw You connectors transform one or several PET bottles into a vase, a toy truck or a food container. Two other connectors integrate the PET bottle cap instead: the Screw You ring and bracelet.

Screw You is the first collection for the new Dutch design label Layers, focusing on 3d printed products with personality. Layers will continuously seek the outer limits of what 3d printing has to offer for product design: small scale production of clever products tailored to the needs and preferences of people. 3d printed on demand and close to the customer location. No more transport of products, but transport of data that is turned into a product by the 3d printer just around the corner. Your corner…

via Screw You Vase by David Graas | MOCO Vote

geographyoftheheavens:

wanderblog:

treehugger:

The Nourishmat comes with everything you need to start growing organic vegetables: seeds, fertilizer and know-how.

The mats last about 5 years and are printed with nontoxic ink that won’t leach into the soil.

The mats use a technique called square foot gardening. “The key is planting in grids instead of rows so you can maximize your space,” said Weiner. “More food in less space. We adapted the layout of the Nourishmat based on this popular method. We say natural because it embraces the idea of bio-diversity.” This method requires less water and fertilizer then conventional monoculture farming.

The square-foot method also makes plants into beneficial neighbors. “The layout of the plants revolves around companion planting,” said Weiner. “For example, the bugs that like marigolds are the same bugs that love to eat the bugs that love to eat tomatoes.”

Awesome model for easy knowledge sharing and replication!

(via lovely-moonchild)

oregontopatagonia:

When your rear tire breaks at sunset, and you try to hitchhike for two hours and fail.. It feels pretty defeating. Then you start walking with all your gear (which ain’t easy when your bike won’t roll) and an incredible field worker named Miguel walks up with broken English and says we can sleep in his two room house for the night, and his 16 year old son can take us to the bike shop in the morning. New wheels for Phillip and a new lease on life. We bought the family groceries and we had a feast last night. Defeat becomes victory. Defeat gives you a new family. What a night. …We’re behind schedule but what is a schedule :) #oregontopatagonia (at Mercado San Quintin)

oregontopatagonia:

When your rear tire breaks at sunset, and you try to hitchhike for two hours and fail.. It feels pretty defeating. Then you start walking with all your gear (which ain’t easy when your bike won’t roll) and an incredible field worker named Miguel walks up with broken English and says we can sleep in his two room house for the night, and his 16 year old son can take us to the bike shop in the morning. New wheels for Phillip and a new lease on life. We bought the family groceries and we had a feast last night. Defeat becomes victory. Defeat gives you a new family. What a night. …We’re behind schedule but what is a schedule :) #oregontopatagonia (at Mercado San Quintin)