Studio Sfog in Tel Aviv Makes Recycling an Art Form

Studio Sfog in Tel Aviv Makes Recycling an Art Form

We love the creative eco design coming out of Tel Aviv. Israel faces nationwide challenges of mismanaged waste and insufficient recycling infrastructure, but from the deserts of Morocco to the streets of Tel Aviv, artists like Yotam Shifroni and Gidi Gilam are seeking solutions through creativity. Around four months ago, Shifroni and Gilam opened Studio Sfog in Tel Aviv. Sfog means “sponge”[.....]

Fake Wind Towers “Heat” Homes in Abu Dhabi

Fake Wind Towers “Heat” Homes in Abu Dhabi

On a man-made Abu Dhabi island, fake wind towers heat homes instead of cooling them. I recently photographed a new housing development on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. You can see it on Google Earth. The wind tower design originates from Persia. The earliest examples of wind towers, used for cooling houses, in the United Arab Emirates can[.....]

Sustainable Tunisian Crafts by Matali Crasset

Sustainable Tunisian Crafts by Matali Crasset

When we first wrote about the boutique Dar HI Hotel in Nefta, Tunisia, Ben Ali was still in power, and Tunisia was one of the Middle East and North African region’s most egalitarian Arab countries. So much has changed since the Jasmine Revolution, leaving both the population and their natural environment more vulnerable than ever[.....]

Green Israeli Design for Russia’s Nikola-Lenivets Artist Community

Green Israeli Design for Russia’s Nikola-Lenivets Artist Community

Israeli eco-innovation is spreading to all reaches of the planet, often sowing great green seeds where it touches down. The Tel Aviv-based architecture studio Talmon Biran sent us images of their entry into a recent design competition for the Nikola-Lenivets artist community in Russia’s Kaluga region. Conceived in tandem with Anna Leshchinsky, the proposal calls for[.....]

Israeli Eco Artists Dance in Australia

Israeli Eco Artists Dance in Australia

Israel’s Vertigo Dance Company made its Australian debut at the Brisbane Festival in September. They performed a piece titled Mana, which means “vessel of light” and comes from the Zohar, the Jewish mystical text. Mana featured eight dancers exploring the contrasts between dark and light, male and female. Both the moon and sun were powerful[.....]

3D Printing Lessons from Ancient Egyptian Ceramic Art

3D Printing Lessons from Ancient Egyptian Ceramic Art

None of Egypt’s pyramids existed.  Khafre wouldn’t commission the Great Pyramid of Giza for another 1500 years.  But some time around 4000 BCE an Egyptian artist discovered the secret. This secret was the wonderful alchemy which transformed sand, ash, calcite lime, copper and fire into a lustrous blue-green gem worthy of the pharaohs.  Faience, also[.....]

LEGO Mania Spreads to Lebanon’s Crumbling Capital

LEGO Mania Spreads to Lebanon’s Crumbling Capital

We are in the midst of a global obsession with LEGO building blocks. No longer strictly a childhood toy, these colorful plastic blocks designed by Denmark’s Kristiansen family in the 1930s are popping up everywhere: corporations are building the tallest this and that in order to market their products and artists are using them to[.....]

Spencer Tunick Plans Naked Dead Sea Shoot Anniversary Float

Spencer Tunick Plans Naked Dead Sea Shoot Anniversary Float

Spencer Tunick will return to Israel this September to celebrate the anniversary of last year’s wildly controversial Dead Sea naked photo shoot. Designed to draw attention to the plight of the hyper-saline (and dangerously endangered) lake shared by Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Territories, the art campaign was enormously successful even though it drew widespread[.....]

Mohammed Kanoo Shows How Arab Culture Is Never Black and White

Mohammed Kanoo Shows How Arab Culture Is Never Black and White

Mohammed Kanoo’s portraits aim to tease out our biases about the Middle East. Above is US President Barack Obama.  In his solo exhibition Fun with Fen (fen is Arabic for “art”) currently on display at Dubai’s Meem Gallery, the Bahraini artist Mohammed Kanoo depicts international celebrities dressed in traditional Arab costume. Kanoo’s digitally enhanced photographs are[.....]

Guy Lougashi Fashions Amazing Sculptures Out of Tape

Guy Lougashi Fashions Amazing Sculptures Out of Tape

Guy Lougashi makes incredible sculptures entirely out of either colored or transparent tape. Eschewing the hardening or drying phase of many sculptural materials such as clay or paper pulp, the artist claims that tape is an incredibly versatile material that forms an excellent foundation for other design projects. And now it’s possible to glean some[.....]

Carmen’s Opera at Masada Leaves No Trace

Carmen’s Opera at Masada Leaves No Trace

Israeli Opera Festival 2012 will feature five performances of the classic opera, Carmen, June 7 to 11 at Masada. According to the Israeli Opera’s Artistic Director, Michael Ajzenstadt, 50,000 people from across Israel and all over the world are coming to experience opera at the lowest point on earth, beneath the mountain of Masada and[.....]

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