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Art Design

A Frugal Town in Lithuania Erects a Christmas Tree Made from 40,000 Recycled Plastic Bottles

December 5, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Okay municipalities of the world, pay attention. For a third consecutive year the city of Kaunas, Lithuania approached artist Jolanta Šmidtienė to assist with their annual holiday decorating. Recognizing the city’s somewhat dire financial state the artist challenged herself to build something that wouldn’t rely on any administrative funds set aside for the event. The result: an enormous 13-meter tall Christmas tree made from nearly 40,000 recycled green bottles and zip ties. At night the tree is lit from the inside resulting in a glowing, translucent, emerald green spruce that’s making headlines across the country. I would love it if Chicago had the ambition to do something like this. (via delfi, lrytas.lt)

 

 



Art Photography

Fabric Wrapped Trees

December 3, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Welsh-born artist and photographer Olsen Zander has been wrapping trees in white fabric around the UK for the better part of a decade. In this series entitled Tree, Line, Zander uses the fabric to reveal the horizon lines as they disappear behind the surface of trees. Really amazing work. If you liked this, also check out the mirrored tree installations of Joakim Kaminsky and Maria Poll. (via it’s nice that)

 

 



Design

Treeless Treehouse

October 12, 2011

Christopher Jobson

The Treeless Treehouse is a cantilevered, inverted octagonal cone treehouse designed by Roderick Romero and constructed in less than two weeks with the help of Ian Weedman, and Jeff Casper. Via email Jeff writes:

The “treeless treehouse” was built high on a hillside site in Bel Air, California. The location lacked trees mature enough to support a structure of this magnitude, so this cantilevered, inverted octagonal cone of wood was anchored into a deep, cubical-shaped concrete foundation. A twisting tornado of Forest Stewardship Council (F.S.C.) certified mixed-species reclaimed Brazilian hardwoods were milled, pre-drilled & mounted around a burly framework of reclaimed vintage Douglas Fir beams. The entrance to this elevated observatory is accessed through a hidden opening in the west facing side of this chaotic, angularly wrapped nest.

I grew up in the Texas hill country amongst similar treehouse-challenged terrain and would have killed to have such an incredible structure. Here’s a video of some additional construction shots. If you liked this also check out the Knit Fort. Thanks to John Casper for the photos! (via core77)

 

 



Art

Clear Cut: A Mirrored Forest Installation

September 13, 2011

Christopher Jobson

This summer artists Joakim Kaminsky and Maria Poll went deep inside the forests of Medelpad in northern Sweden to create this uncanny installation entitled Clear Cut using a mirror-coated fabric.

However eternal it may seem this is not a natural forest. Like 90% of the forests in Sweden it is used for forestry consequently being continuously grown and chopped down in a 60 years life cycle.

Joakim and Maria wanted to connect these trees to time. They wanted the installation to visualize a memory of earlier generations of pine trees that had stood here and forecast the clear cut that will soon replace them. Perhaps the mirrors could absorb the light, colors and smells of this place and save them for the future?

It really looks almost as if forest has been severed in half, the treetops hovering above the bottoms. See more of the installation here.

I found this on a new blog called Toildrops, which from glancing at just the home page could be a new favorite.

 

 



Art

Money Trees

September 10, 2011

Christopher Jobson

As perhaps a companion piece to last week’s skull nickels, here’s yet another thing I had no idea existed. Apparently in several wooded areas around the UK, passersby have been stopping for decades (if not centuries), meticulously hammering small denomination coins intro trees. Most of the trees seem to be in and around Cumbria and Portmeirion, and I didn’t find a single example of a tree like this located outside the UK. According to this recent article by the BBC, the practice might date back to the early 1700s in Scotland where ill people stuck florins into trees with the idea that the tree would take away their sickness. The practice seems akin to love padlocks or Americans collaborative effort of sticking their nasty ass gum all over everything. (photos courtesy shaun whiteman, drew, ken werwerka, rachel bibby, paul morriss, ministry, donald mcdougal, heartbeeps, via lustik)

 

 



Illustration

Pen and Ink Tree Rings by Tony Hong

August 27, 2011

Christopher Jobson

A commendable pen and ink drawing of tree rings by California-based illustrator and artist Tony Hong, be sure to click for added detail. (via eileenede)

 

 



Design

Tree of Life Poster by Degree

July 31, 2011

Christopher Jobson

I just reached for my wallet so quickly I tore a hole in my pants. The folks over at Degree have just printed this fantastic offset lithograph print entitled Tree of Life. The rings of the tree are created with tiny animals.

This unique poster aims to highlight the responsibility we have in letting animal species thrive in their natural environment—we have a choice whether or not to preserve nature and let it grow. Specially designed to assert this crucial message, it forms the basis of social attitudes towards Mother Nature for the many people out there who want to make a difference in our world.

Printed on 9 Lives Recycled Eco Frontier 250gsm paper. Only $45. (via omg posters)