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    Fruit And Seed Art

    Carve and then glue together some gourds, seed pods and leaves… Don’t forget a final coat of polyurethane… Pumpkin, twigs, leaves and seed pod carriage. by Applied Imagination Gypsy seed pod wagon. by Applied Imagination Pumpkin, twig & acorn house. by Applied Imagination Gourd and seed pod train. by Applied Imagination Twig and leaf motorcycle. by Applied Imagination A farmer […] More

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    Bark Furniture And Accessories

    Birch-Bark is waterproof and will not rot, its familiar surface is richly graphic. Birch-Bark has been used for millennia in the making of canoes, wigwams, scrolls, Buddhist manuscripts, maps (including the oldest maps of North America), art, torches, fans, musical instruments, shoes, clothing, as a substratum for sod, birch-bark roofs and more… Birch Armoire-style-Cabinet-Louis-XV-style by Marché Dauphine – 140, rue […] More

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    Dewdrops On Dragonflies

    Dewdrops on Dragonflies, all photos captured by Martin Amm  Red Veined Darter covered in dew – Martin Amm Dragonfly Portrait with Dew- Martin Amm Emerald Damselfly – Martin Amm Red Veined Darter covered in dew – Martin Amm Dragonfly Birth – Martin Amm Free – wings still shrivelled, colors undeveloped – Martin Amm The larva lives for several weeks (or […] More

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    Gutter Gardening

    Gutter sculpture watering system… maison-deco.com During a very heavy rainstorm I would imagine dirt and water must pour out of these pretty gutters. Lakeside cottage, Lake Erie. Paint your old gutters attach to painted stockade fence. www.bhg.com Painted gutter garden. How to: au.lifestyle.yahoo.com Gutters on fence – filled with flowers blooming in a riot of color. pinterest.com […] More

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    Solar Roadways

    The Solar Roadways project is working to pave roads with solar panels that you can drive on. Their long range goal is to cover all concrete and asphalt surfaces that are exposed to the sun with Solar Road Panels. They plan to start off small: driveways, bike paths, patios, sidewalks, parking lots, playgrounds, etc. This […] More

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    Appliances Of The Future

    What will kitchens look like in 30 years? Likely, they’ll need to be much more energy-efficient and take up less space. Like these! Dishwasher Under The Sink Drain Dishwasher under the sink drainer by Cristiano Giuggiol. Good idea! The washing cycle takes only 6 minutes and uses 23 litres of water. www.coroflot.com The Kitchen Hideaway […] More

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    Vik Muniz Junk Art

    Vik Muniz was born in 1961 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He currently lives in NY. Mr. Muniz uses classical master’s works as inspiration for his ‘junk’ arrangements. After he creates the composition he then photographs the work and then destroys the original collage. Mr. Muniz spends time in the slums of Brazil creating junk art […] More

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    Graphene

    Graphene is a thin carbon layer arranged in a chicken wire pattern one atom thick. It’s the thinnest material in the world. (What could be thinner than one atom?) Not only thin, but more than 100 times stronger than steel, transparent and flexible to boot. The graphene layer can be manually peeled away from graphite (like […] More

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    Praying Mantis

    The word “mantis” is from the Greek word μάντις for prophet. Praying Mantis Photography By Tustel Ico Praying Mantis ‘Rate my Bike’ by Tustel Ico. 500px.com/dolphino Please ‘like’ Tustel’s image on above link! Praying Mantis on two spores by Tustel Ico. 500px.com/dolphino Praying Mantis ‘Staring at the Sun’ by Tustel Ico 500px.com/dolphino Praying Mantis Photography […] More

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    Cereal Box Art

    Cap n Crunch by Michael Albert. www.cerealism.com Lost in my Life (boxes), by Rachel Perry Welty, 2009, Pigment Print, available: 30 x 20 inches, Edition of 6; 56 x 35 inches, Edition of 6; 90 x 60 inches, Edition of 3. www.rachelperrywelty.com Hayes Trotter paints on recycled cereal and snack boxes. jordanartpartners.com The Pledge of […] More

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    Ant Photography By Andrey Pavlov

    Mr. Pavlov sets up the props, the ants gladly raise them. According to Mr Pavlov, “I used to work in theatre which was a big help when it came to making props, and I chose ants because I respect them and their way of life.” www.dailymail.co.uk Mr. Pavlov says that having children changed the way […] More

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    Goldsworthy

    Andy Goldsworthy creates both temporary and permanent sculptures, but photographs each piece right after he makes it. “Each work grows, stays, decays –-” Ice on Ice, 1980. Source Cracked Earth. St. Louis, Missouri, 1986. Source Tree Serpent. Source Carefully broken pebbles scratched white with another stone, 1985. Source Balanced river stones, 1982. Source Bird’s Nest […] More

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    Brushwood Fence

    Using undergrowth, twigs, tips and small branches to make fences. Brushwood fences were probably one of the earliest fence types constructed in Japan. Today brushwood fences are very popular in Australia as well. Bamboo brushwood fence. Using the twigs and tips of the bamboo. Via: japanesegardens.jp Brushwood fence at the Rakusai Bamboo Park in Kyoto […] More

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    Tim Pugh

    Summer Arrangement by Tim Pugh. www.timpugh.co.uk Sand Blooms, 2004. Mussel shells on sand. www.timpugh.co.uk Scallop Clusters. www.timpugh.co.uk Woodland Floor Rearrangement, 2005. www.timpugh.co.uk “Beech Weave” Beech Leaves,, 2005. www.timpugh.co.uk Mid-summer Portrait. Beech Stars, beech leaves. “Seren” Braken Leaves, 2005. www.timpugh.co.uk Beech Leaves, 2005. www.timpugh.co.uk Snowball Composition, 2006. www.timpugh.co.uk “Oak Fall” Charcoal, 2005. www.timpugh.co.uk “There Short Respite” […] More

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    Baby Marlins And Sailfish

    The term “Billfish” refers to certain predatory fish species belonging to the family Istiophoridae. Their characteristics include a spear-like rostrum or “bill,” which is used for slashing at and stunning prey. Marlins, sailfish, spearfish and the swordfish are all billfish. Marlin and sailfish distribution range is basically worldwide throughout both tropical and temperate regions (seasonally). A […] More

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    Sand Magnified

    Sand grains magnified 110-250 times reveal each grain is unique. The tip of a spiral shell has broken off and become a grain of sand. After being repeatedly tumbled by action of the surf this spiral sand grain has become opalescent in character. It is surrounded by bits of coral, a pink shell fragment, a […] More

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    Cob Fireplaces

    Cob Fireplaces… Cob fireplace. americanclay.com Cob fireplace in Hilde Dawe’s house, British Columbia. onelessbrickinthewall.com Cob fireplace by Charles Andre. www.fasttraxfilmcorp.ca Cob fireplace (Rumford) www.firespeaking.com Cob Fireplace. Budownictwo Naturalne. earth-heart-grupa.blogspot.com More

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    Bicycle Art

    Every year about 109 million bicycles are produced, and 140 million people are born. That adds up to lots of extra bikes to make art with. Burning Man Festival 2007 by Mark Grieve and Ilana Spector Bikes reclaimed from garbage dumps and recycling centers form a 30 foot high archway. Pic: Jenene Chesbrough www.flickr.com Bicycle […] More

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    Hugelkultur

    Instead of putting those branches, leaves and grass clippings in bags by the curbside…build a hugel bed. Simply mound logs, branches, leaves, grass clippings, straw, cardboard, petroleum-free newspaper, manure, compost or whatever other biomass you have available, top with soil and plant your veggies. What’s Hugelkultur? Why Hugelkultur? Hugelkultur (HOO-gul-culture). It’s German for hill culture or […] More

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    Green Roof Inspiration

    A green roof—essentially, a garden atop any office building or home—helps save energy, promote drainage, and feed you. Why Build a Green Roof? Sod roofs are common on the Faroe Islands, west of Norway. Traditionally the roof was covered with sod on top of several layers of birch bark over wooden boards. Today, commercial roofing […] More

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    Shipping Container Homes

    Shipping container homes seem like a no-brainer. Approximately 30 million steel shipping containers are in existence, filled and floating, or standing empty in a port. 8 feet wide by 8.5 feet high, and either 20 or 40 feet long, the steel shipping container has been the globally standardized transportation module since 1956. Sending empty containers […] More

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    Greenhouses from Old Windows and Doors

    Calling all used awning windows, bay windows, storm doors, and clerestories back to service. 1) Recycled Window Greenhouse, Minnesota Greenhouse made from recycled windows by Jan and Ed Vitse of New Look Floral (a garden and floral business) in Rochester, MN. This little gem, made from recycled windows was built in 2003. The structure is 12 […] More

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    Eco Sports Cars

    Porsche 918 Spyder Plug-in Hybrid prototype (all of Porsche’s concept cars have been brought to market) has emission levels of just 70 grams CO2 per kilometre on fuel consumption of three litres/100 kilometres (equal to 94 mpg imp). Acceleration from a standstill to 100 km/h in just under 3.2 seconds, top speed of 320 km/h […] More

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    Wood Fired Pottery

    Humans have been enamoured of wood fired ceramics for thousands of years. Yet since the invention of electric and gas kilns, wood firing was pushed aside by many. Fortunately the unique beauty of wood fired pottery is again becoming a highly appreciated art form throughout the world. (The Japanese have always held wood fired ceramics […] More

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    Human Urine As Fertilizer

    A study out of Finland has found that plants fertilized with urine performed four times as well as nonfertilized plants and just as well as plants given commercial mineral fertilizer. Urine plus wood ash (collected from a wood stove) produced as well, yet with the added benefit of reducing the acidity of the soil. The […] More

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    Wedge Shaped Cars

    The future looks wedge shaped… The 3 Wheeled Elio. Order yours now. More than 50,000 have already been pre-ordered… Made in America. Costs $6800. Designed for a 6’1” 220 lb person in the single front seat with one additional seat in the back. Elio projects that it will employ 1500 in Shreveport, LA, at an […] More

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    Microscopic Images Of Seeds

    The diversity and intricacy of shapes and sizes of seeds is extraordinary. Even more amazing is that within even the tiniest of seeds lies the complete genetic information required to birth and structure such organisms as the complex passion flower, or a 360 foot tall sequoia. Seeds are also amazing travelers, either with the help of […] More

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    Butterfly Eggs

    Julia Heliconia Butterfly Egg in a tendrill of a Passion flower creeper. The Julia Heliconia is an orange butterfly found along the periphery of the Gulf of Mexico. Image by Martin Oeggerli. www.micronaut.ch Large white butterfly egg (Pieris brassicae). The yellow eggs of the large white butterfly are laid in clusters on the undersides of leaves in […] More

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    Upcycled Maps

    Tear em, decoupage them, fold them, paint on them. Many Rivers, 2009 Inlaid maps, acrylic, on panel, 48 x 78 inches. By Matthew Cusick, mattcusick.com Bonnie, 2004. Maps on wood panel. By Matthew Cusick, www.mattcusick.com Matthew Cusick Rachael’s Wave, 2011. Inlaid maps on wood panel. www.mattcusick.com Geronimo, 2007 Inlaid maps on panel, 30 x 24 […] More

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    Algae Streetlight

    Microalgae Street Lamps (in prototype stage). French biochemist Pierre Calleja has invented a streetlight that is powered by algae AND which absorbs CO2 from the air. Pierre reports that one lamp can take 1 ton of CO2 out of the atmosphere per year. This is as much CO2 as an average tree absorbs during its […] More

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    Kitchen Of The Future

    “Energy-saving light bulbs will only take us so far. We need to push ourselves to rethink domestic appliances entirely, to rethink how homes consume energy, and how entire communities can pool resources” says Clive van Heerden, Senior Director of Design-led Innovation at Philips Design. Philips believes the solution is likely to come from biological processes, […] More

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    Telephone Wire Art

    Telephone wire as an art medium. Telephone cord sheep by Jean Luc Cornec. jeanluc.cornec.de Telephone cord sheep at the Communication Museum, Frankfort, Germany. jeanluc.cornec.de Telephone wire Guinea Fowl by Celia Smith. celia-smith.co.uk Walking Puffin. Telephone cabling and copper wire. celia-smith.co.uk Telephone wire robin. celia-smith.co.uk Telephone wire Peacock. celia-smith.co.uk Telephone Wire Head by Hilary J. Baker. […] More

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    Best Electric Cars For City Drivers

      Wheego Whip Life All electric. 100 miles per charge, 5 hours to charge, top speed 70 mph. MSRP $32,995. Qualifies for Federal and possibly State and Local Tax Credits. ($7,500 federal tax credit for electric vehicles.) Final assembly in California. Company is based in Atlanta, Georgia. www.wheego.net MiEV (Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle) Mitsubishi’s electric […] More

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    The Art Of Henrique Oliveira

    The artist Henrique Oliveira uses old plywood, fencing and PVC as his medium. Recycled from dumpsters and landfills from his home city, São Paulo, Oliveira shapes plywood around PVC forms. Casa dos Leoes, 2009 Biennial, Porto Allegre, Brazil. Turning a house into a sculpture. www.henriqueoliveira.com Casa dos Leoes, 2009, detail. Brazil in Portuguese is Brasil. […] More

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    Nuts And Bolts Sculpture

    This sculpture is constructed of thousands of steel nuts. By Park Chan-girl, South Korea. blog.naver.com Steel Nut Sculpture By Park Chan-girl, South Korea. blog.naver.com Park Chan-girl, South Korea. blog.naver.com Park Chan-girl received his BFA in Sculpture from Chungnam National University and his MFA in Fine Arts from KyungHee University. blog.naver.com “OTOÑO” by Manuel Marti Mareno […] More

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    Stone Furniture

    No more plastic! Or vinyl, or PVC! Stone Couch at Chanticleer Gardens, Wayne, Pennsylvania Image by Carolyn’s Shade Gardens, Bryn Mawr, PA. carolynsshadegardens.com Stone chair at Chanticleer Gardens, Wayne, Pennsylvania. Image by Carolyn’s Shade Gardens, Bryn Mawr, PA. carolynsshadegardens.com Stone seating group at Chanticleer Gardens, Wayne, Pennsylvania. Image by Carolyn’s Shade Gardens, Bryn Mawr, PA. […] More

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    Green Home Plans

    Home Plans: (See PreFabs also) a small, small sampling… www.freegreen.com FreeGreen– Free Green stock plans !!! *** dreamgreenhomes.com Dream Green Homes. Numerous designs using Earth, Wood, Straw, Bamboo, Stone, Manufactured, Lightweight Concrete, Organic, Domes, Earth Sheltered, etc. www.architectural houseplans.com Architectural House Plans. Working drawings for client-inspired, architect-designed, built homes. Straw Bale House Plans, Solar, lots […] More

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    Alternative Building Methods

    Alternative Building Methods: www.greenhomebuilding.com Green Home Building. Info about Earth, Wood, Straw, Bamboo, Stone, Manufactured, Lightweight Concrete, Organic, Domes, Earth Sheltered, etc. www.naturalbuildingnetwork.org Natural Building Network is a not-for-profit membership association promoting natural building principles, materials and practitioners worldwide. Good events list. www.earthbagbuilding.com Earth Bag Building– earthbag (sometimes called sandbag) construction. Lots of pictures, videos, […] More

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    Pebble Pathways

    “Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain.” Unknown. A pebble and stone path with gaps increases permeability. By Jeff Bale. jeffreygardens.com Pebble path in the UK, image by Hermes.goldenagegardens.blogspot.com Pebble Mosaic in […] More

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    Firewood As Art

    Firewood Sculpture By Jaehyo Lee Wood ring. By Jaehyo Lee. leeart.name Wood chair. By Jaehyo Lee. leeart.name Wood chair. By Jaehyo Lee. leeart.name Wood Stool. By Jaehyo Lee. leeart.name Wood sculpture, 2009. By Jaehyo Lee. leeart.name Incredible Firewood Sculpture From Around The World Woodpile by Michael Buck. michael-buck.blogspot Hu Qingyan, “Firewood”, 2012; © Hu Qingyan […] More

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    Egg Shell Art

    The ancient Vietnamese technique of crushing and then applying egg shell with lacquer to a surface is beginning to find favor with some contempoarary artisans. Mother of Pearl, Egg Shell & Lacquer on Panel. By Sook ja Kong of South Korea. kongsookja.com ‘Back’ Mother of Pearl, Egg Shell, Gold plate, Lacquer on Panel. By Sook […] More

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    Arthur Rackham’s Illustrations And Hugh Comstock’s Carmel Cottages

    Illustration by Arthur Rackham. Alice was feeling bored while sitting on the riverbank with her sister, when she noticed a talking, clothed White Rabbit with a pocket watch run past. She follows it down a rabbit hole. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (commonly shortened to Alice in Wonderland) is an 1865 novel written by English author […] More

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    Butterfly Wings

    A butterfly’s iridescent coloring is a result of the intricate patterning of thousands of microscopic scales, attached to thin wing membranes. Those scales scatter light in complex ways. Iridescence helps butterflies elude predators. As you scroll down the page, the magnification progressively increases. Peacock butterfly (Inachis io). Photo by Lill-Jansskogen. Peacock butterfly (Inachis io). Photo by Michael Apel. Magnified […] More

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    VHS Tape Art

    VHS, Cassette Tape & Video Tape Art Zilvinas Kempinas – ’02’ Video tape loop, electric fan. Installation Spencer Brownstone Gallery 2007. www.spencerbrownstonegallery.com Zilvinas Kempinas – ‘Tube’ Venice Biennial – 2009, magnetic tape, plywood. One walks through the center of the installation. www.spencerbrownstonegallery.com Zilvinas Kempinas – ‘Columns’ Vertically streched video tape, plywood, nails. Installation Spencer Brownstone […] More

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    The Art Of Bernard Pras

    The 3-D portraits of Bernard Pras – Look Closely! Tom Murphy – Limited Edition of 8. Pras sets up his camera at a well-defined angle so that the objects themselves merge and a portrait appears from his amalgamation. The photograph is the only remaining trace of his temporary setup. Note the lightbulbs. The Black Christ […] More

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    Button Art

    Pearly Crown Jewels of Pentonville, Buttons on canvas. www.anncarrington.co.uk. Button Installation, Whimsical Dream by Ran Hwang, 2011. ranhwang.com Button Installation, Whimsical Dream, left panel, right wall by Ran Hwang, 2011. ranhwang.com Buttons and pins. Close up of Whimsical Dream by Ran Hwang. ranhwang.com Button Installation, Another Soaring by Ran Hwang, 2010. ranhwang.com Buttons, beads and […] More

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