Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Americans throw out around 160 millions tons of material each year, which averages out to be about three pounds of garbage a day per person. From that waste and things that we consider junk, artists are giving birth to beautiful creations. The three artists highlighted here are shining examples of how recycling materials truly gives new meaning to the life created from discarded items:
Lin Evola-Smidt, founder of the Peace Angels Project, is an internationally renowned American Contemporary Artist who has engaged the hearts and minds of the world since 1992 with her Peace Angels. These sculptures are cast entirely from the melted-down metals of surrendered weapons in her personal plea to get people to reconcile the desire for self-protection weighed against the desire for peace.
As art is a movement in itself, Lin Evola-Smidt’s work has started a movement in drawing attention to humanity’s yearning for a peaceful world. Her 13-foot Renaissance Peace Angel sculpture originally created in 1994 and was immediately transported from California to New York to stand at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks.
She then made history in 2013. In addition to being the only artist asked to join in the United Nations Conference on adopting the international Arms Treaty, her Peace Angel sculpture was accepted by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City to remain a permanent part of the collection.
Ptolemy Elrington, having studied at Bradford in the 1980s, has gone from well-traveled artist to designer creating unique sculptures made entirely from recycled materials. While he makes use of discarded car parts, car wheel trims and shopping trolleys, he prefers finding abandoned BMW and Mercedes hubcaps for their extraordinarily fine machined-finish. From his studio in Brighton, UK, Elrington first produces a clay model for which he designs the use of cut-up hubcaps and other motor parts to create stunning works of art.
From parking lots and roadsides where the previously cherished pieces have been left worthless and abandoned, Elrington transforms their intrinsic value into something that delivers greater pleasure to new observers. It is impossible to gaze upon his artwork and not be fascinated by the intricacies of design and the clever use of the different cuts and surfaces.
After a hard day’s work as a systems administrator and years of collecting broken computer hard drives, Miguel Rivera unwinds by salvaging the many different parts and pieces fashioning them into everything from mechanical robots to motorcycles. Rivera’s bountiful stock-on-hand and inspiration are the result of his overseas duty at a U.S. Air Force Base. It all started with a car he created using 33 hard drives.
As is the case with prolonged application, his creations have become more elaborate over time. His most intricate piece to date is his robot masterpiece comprised of a total of 32 laptop drives and bits and pieces of spare computer parts. Miguel Rivera continues to enjoy his artistry as a hobby ensuring his enjoyment and creativity. His commitment is proof that a hard drive crash hardly signals the end of its usefulness.
What's the bottom line? Recycle more. In addition to it being a good green practice, reducing carbon footprint, and saving the rain forest, your stuff contributes to the projects of genius artists like Lin, Ptolemy, and Miguel. Commit to recycle more of your materials instead of sending them to the dump. For your metal recycling needs, look up the Greater Texas Metal Recycling Company Inc.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Light. Heat. Energy. For years solar energy has been a commonly accepted way of generating power in buildings. Depending on how old you are, you're probably pretty used to the idea that we can power a lot of everyday devices, machinery and mechanisms by harnessing the power of the sun. However, this is still a relatively new technology that is still being advanced and tweaked daily. More recently solar visionaries have explored unique ways to harness the vast amount of energy the sun provides in order to power a few things you might have never thought would be powered by the sun.
The Solar Bicycle
Flying through traffic on a bicycle powered by the sun might sound like a dream you had last Tuesday. But this invention is more than just the stuff of dreams. Solar panels are built into both wheels where the sun continuously provides a charge to the battery. There are also kits available to convert plain Jane bicycles into solar bikes without too much trouble. Who needs a jet pack when you've got a bike powered by the sun?
There’s nothing worse than getting to the gym and realizing that your iPod or music device is out of battery. If you're constantly stuck in predicaments where your device batteries are dying and you don't have your charger—you can just rely on the sun. There are gym bags and purses have been made over with solar panels that can charge any electronic device—just by walking outside. If you're forgetful when it comes to charging up your devices before leaving the home, now you can do it on the go. Score!
Solar Trash Can
Sanitation never looked so cool! Trash cans get an update with this invention, designed to streamline recycling and trash routes. A solar battery powers the bin, including a compaction function that compacts the trash or recyclable materials. This creates more room in the trash bin, and makes it so the trash doesn't have to be emptied as often, saving resources in gas, manpower, and time. We never again have to wonder what trash cans are thinking. With wireless capability they can us tell their story.
Wearable Solar Energy
Recently designed solar clothing looks like something from an old sci-fi movie. A necktie made of solar fabric houses a pocket for your phone. Solar bras can display text on a screen and provide hydration from reusable drink pouches. Necklaces display solar panels not only as an energy powerhouse but as a fashion statement. While you probably won't see the masses wearing these solar-powered fashions anytime soon, they could be used for military or other entities in the future. For now, this is the kind of invention that's not exactly practical, but we created it basically just because we can.
Solar 3D Sand Printer
The Solar 3D Sand Printer has to be one of the most environmentally friendly inventions ever made and one of the newest developments in solar power. The concept of a 3D printer is taken several steps further by using the sun’s energy to power the entire process, and turn powdery sand into glass. This technology will transform the glass industry since it uses a resource that the earth has plenty of (sand), and since it would present an environmentally friendly method for creating glass. This technology is very expensive right now, just because it is a developing technology, however, you may see it become a more mainstream method in the glass industry sometime in the next few years.
If you've ever doubted the usefulness of solar power, you can now see that this is possibly one of the most useful discoveries from the past century. The solar power industry continues to change as innovators find new uses for solar power, and as we learn more about how to harness the power of the sun. The wide array of uses for solar power can range from the highly functional to the purely aesthetic. But they all have a futuristic feel that makes them intriguing. Information for this article was provided by the professionals of Solartech, who specialize in developing solar panels for domestic, commercial, and public locations.
Monday, April 21, 2014
California continues to be one the leaders for seeking out and utilizing green-friendly solutions. You only have to look at the huge array of solar companies operating throughout the state to get a sense of that. If you focus your search on San Francisco, you’ll find a number of solar energy companies currently operating in the Bay Area.
Going solar is an affordable green energy solution with a number of attractive benefits. When you consider these benefits, and when you realize how affordable solar installation really is, you’re likely going to start to research the solar companies that can come to you.
New windows can be one of the best investments you ever make. Along with making your home more energy efficient and comfortable, new windows can also greatly improve the look of your residence. By upgrading your windows, you can also be raising your property value. The results will occur as soon as you have your new windows installed. This is a fast and easy way to improve your home.
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