David Thomas Smith “Google Maps” Your City As a Persian Rug

David Thomas Smith “Google Maps” Your City As a Persian Rug

Irish artist David Thomas Smith weaves thousands of Google Maps screen grabs into intricate designs mimicking Persian rugs.  Look closer, and these symmetrical compositions reveal global landscapes transformed by mankind. Imagine a carpet made up of aerial satellite images of modern infrastructure: concrete roads and rooftops replacing fiber weft and warp.  See this artist’s “rug”[.....]

Garbage Art Ideas from Mary Ellen Croteau

Garbage Art Ideas from Mary Ellen Croteau

Plastic bottle cap picture by Mary Ellen Croteau The caps are synthetic artifacts, plastic products that usually aren’t (and more often, can’t be) recycled.  Self-described political artist Mary Ellen Croteau explores absurdities of social norms, exposing the “underlying bias and sexist assumptions on which culture is constructed. So says her website, but her amazing artworks also[.....]

Consumption in Dubai – Breathtaking Photos of Our Environmental Impact

Consumption in Dubai – Breathtaking Photos of Our Environmental Impact

Richard Allenby-Pratt’s popular Abandoned photo series still haunts us. Currently based in Dubai, the professional photographer received numerous accolades for extraordinary compositions that depict wild animals meandering through a deserted Dubai. How surreal, and yet not so far removed from the truth, it is to see rhinos and giraffes searching for food amid a backdrop[.....]

Imagine… A World Without Trees

Imagine… A World Without Trees

A UK-based scientist has removed trees from world famous works of art to highlight the threat of deforestation In the field of climate change, we are constantly asked to imagine nightmarish scenarios. Situations where water may run dry, where mass migrations are provoked by food shortages or where extreme weather events on the rise. These[.....]

Eco-Art Gift Ideas for Sandy Claus

Eco-Art Gift Ideas for Sandy Claus

Whether your sandy reminiscences are wet or dry, two artists have devised ways to make your memories tangible. My brain inextricably links sand to sea thanks to 25 summers spent on a New Jersey barrier island. Middle East experiences have me now connecting the grainy stuff to locations and memories largely devoid of water, such[.....]

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[.....]

Gaza’s Smuggling Tunnels Into an Underground Metro?

Gaza’s Smuggling Tunnels Into an Underground Metro?

Palestinian artist Mohamed Abusal envisions converting Gaza’s smuggling tunnels into an underground metro system. A small handful of Bedouin families living in the Gaza Strip ran thousands of smuggling tunnels beneath the Egypt-Gaza Strip separation barrier. In part to transport weapons between Rafah in Egypt and the Rafah Palestinian refugee camp and in part to import[.....]

Book Review: I’m With the Bears

Book Review: I’m With the Bears

Pauline Masurel reviews a collection of literary and science fiction stories by world renowned authors that imagine the affects of climate change. Bill McKibben was arrested in August this year while protesting against TransCanada’s proposed plans to build a pipeline that would carry oil from the Alberta tar sands to Texas. McKibben has written:  “This[.....]

Iranian Artists Fight Smog with the Tehran Monoxide Project

Iranian Artists Fight Smog with the Tehran Monoxide Project

Iranian environmental activists and artists are getting bolder. Recently, “tree huggers” planted these stumps on a street in the city of Kerman to protest against deforestation. Sometimes environmental activists are visionary people who take enormous personal risks. Ashley Fruno from PETA was arrested for parading around Jordan covered in nothing but lettuce. Bill McKibben and[.....]

Lebanon Rocks Out To Cure The Green Blues

Lebanon Rocks Out To Cure The Green Blues

Batroun is an outpost of beauty in Lebanon. The next generation of environmental activists want to make sure it stays that way. Georges “Junior” Daou belongs to the next generation of Lebanese. A long time nature-lover, he has devoted himself full time to rejecting toxic waste in Beirut, consistent oil spills that degrade the Mediterranean[.....]

Visualizing Water Needs With Slick Sponge Art

Visualizing Water Needs With Slick Sponge Art

This art installation by Matthew Laws & Hall Watts is an accurate portrayal of what our 2030 water consumption will look like. Few places are as water stressed as the Middle East. The Gulf countries have to live with the reality that their very existence depends on desalination, the Levant is scarcely better off, and[.....]

Jan Eric Visser Experiments with Post Fossil Fuel Design

Jan Eric Visser Experiments with Post Fossil Fuel Design

Exhibition in Israel brings together sustainable “contemporary cavemen” (and designers). Post Fossil, a current exhibition at the Design Museum in Holon, Israel, asks the question: how to create in a post-fossil-fueled world? As the exhibition description states, “Time has come for extreme change.  Society is ready to break away from last century for good.  To[.....]

Solaris Magic Carpet Generates Electricity

Solaris Magic Carpet Generates Electricity

It’s a tent, it’s a tunnel, and it funnels the year-round cool Shamal wind. We’ve been so enthralled with the Land Art Generator Initiative and the various designs that they have made available to the public, that we just had to share another with our readers. We’ve covered the solar thermal music designs that are[.....]

Bank Hapoalim Presents an Exhibition of 22 Futuristic Green Houses and 2 Green Mortgages

Bank Hapoalim Presents an Exhibition of 22 Futuristic Green Houses and 2 Green Mortgages

An Israeli bank tries to sell “green mortgages” with installation exhibit on busy boulevard. As part of their campaign to sell “green mortgages” (in other words, mortgages for homes built with environmentally friendly construction or for financing the installation of solar home energy systems), Bank Hapoalim has sponsored an exhibition of futuristic green homes along[.....]

Israeli University Honors Environmental Sculptor Dani Karavan

Israeli University Honors Environmental Sculptor Dani Karavan

Ben Gurion University of the Negev, one of Israel’s finest academic institutions, and one in which its environmental and alternative energy projects have received world-wide acclaim, honored six outstanding individuals with Honorary Doctoral degrees at the University’s 39th Annual Board of Governors Meeting at the Campus on May 25th. One of these individuals, Dani Karavan,[.....]

Nature's Social Worker, Ecological Artist Shai Zakai

Nature's Social Worker, Ecological Artist Shai Zakai

(Shai Zakai: Self portrait 4X2 m. photograph on canvas purchased by Ministry of Environment.) Since nature can’t speak for itself, Israeli artist Shai Zakai has appointed herself as the human moderator. For more than a decade she’s been working as an ecological artist, to communicate and record humankind’s impact on our fragile world. Her most[.....]

Eco-Art Goes Urban at Gebo Gallery in Tel Aviv

Eco-Art Goes Urban at Gebo Gallery in Tel Aviv

Marlene Ferrer and Johanan Herson are “trying to be artists in the middle of Tel Aviv,” without relinquishing their environmental consciousness. Creating eco-art in an urban setting, Ferrer joined with Herson to found Gebo Gallery Studios as a working, teaching gallery that explores artistic choices in the context of social and ecological awareness. The installation[.....]

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