An art installation of green plants growing on the wall of the building next to the CaixaForum Madrid — a modern art gallery — In Madrid, Spain. The living wall was created by french botanist Patrick Blanc
Bravely plunging into the unknown, Herrle decided to build the house of his dreams, hoping to lead a more Waldenesque self-sufficient life of simplicity. Best of all, his beloved fiancée also was of the same mind, so Herrle set about building their future home, keeping the footprint small but functional, and using salvaged materials whenever he could.
Amazingly, Herrle was able to construct this tiny cabin of 11 by 14 feet in the woods for only $4,000 and in only six short weeks. The rustic interior is lovely (we love the colourful Mexican ceramic sink), and the house itself is sited on a hillside porch that wraps around some trees and juts out 12 feet high off the ground on one side. (x)
Hus 1, situated in the landscape of the Scandinavian West Coast, designed by Torsten Ottesjö.
Riverbed - Olafur Eliasson’s New Solo Exhibition
Eliasson merges the outside with the inside and takes into account the visitors’ interaction with his installation.
The exhibition starts on 20 August 2014 and will be on show until 4 January 2015. More information here.
Flamingo Lily (Anthurium andraeanum) x House Fly (Musca domestica)
Notable for it’s very phallic shape and sometimes referred to as the ‘Boy Flower’ the Anthurium is actually one of the plants listed in a NASA Clean Air Study as being effective in removing formaldehyde, xylene, toluene and ammonia from the air.
Raffles Pitcher-Plant (Nepenthes rafflesiana) x Icelandic Poppy(Papaver nudicaule)
A somewhat crude and unusual encounter between two geographically and behaviourally different plants, one native to sub-polar regions of the North, whilst beautiful and lightly fragrant, all parts of this plant are considered poisonous. The other, a slightly carnivorous, exotic and threatened plant from South East Asia, feeds on the gooey soluble nutrients of fallen insects actually has many properties beneficial to humans, the roots can treat stomach aches and dysentery and the stem may be used to treat coughs and fevers.
Sack-shaped Catasetum Orchid (Catasetum saccatum)
The male of this species of Orchid actually violently ejects it’s viscid pollen sacs with explosive force when touched.
Boards of Canada - Left Side Drive
Tres Hombres image from New Dawn Traders
Cultures going on a voyage
Here are two of the three jars of starter cultures that I gave to Dr. Lucy Gilliam to take aboard the Tres Hombres, a 32 metre brigantine which set sail yesterday from Holland on a seven month voyage trace the Atlantic trade routes. The project New Dawn Trader has been following this route since 2009, hoping to explore the possibilities and ramifications of trading by sail power, all the while operating and living as sustainably as possible.
Lucy will share the duty of cooking for the 20-strong crew from a tiny galley kitchen. I gave her three starters. The first is a sourdough culture, started in february with the yeast from two bottles of Kernel IPA and with the subsequent addition of wild yeast. The second jar contains a kombucha starter, born in Denmark aboard the good ship Nordic Food Lab with birch sap and a starter, and fed on Pu’er tea and raw cane sugar since April. The third jar (not pictured) is a ginger bug started in July.
The ship’s route takes her first to Norway, then over Scotland and Ireland before turning south for Lisbon. She will then cross the Atlantic to Brazil, and head north to the Caribbean then back east, and home, via the Azores.
Sometimes the old ways are the best ways
thanks to zach collins for inviting me to take part in the world wide blog hop by answering four questions about my work and then inviting 3 other artists to do the same. the 3 artist i selected to participate:
brandi strickland (u.s.a)
jesse draxler (u.s.a)
ben giles (u.k)
Humanzee Jewellery Line
Our friends and previous Freunde von Freunden guest Lisa Roet is presenting her new jewellery line on the 5th of August in Melbourne. Humanzee is inspired by images of apes and wants remind us our connection with our closest animal relatives.
Find out more information about the line and the opening presentation here.