Moe Beitiks

 

Meghan Beitiks (Moe for short) was originally turned on to the concept of sustainability while studying site-specific theatre on a Fulbright scholarship in Latvia. She spent the following years immersing herself in the worlds of organic farming and recycled veggie oil fuels by working on a farm in Oklahoma and driving across the country in a grease-powered veggie bus. Since then she's sought every opportunity to combine her passions for ecology and the arts. She is currently pursuing an MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Moe Beitiks
Not Quite a Couch Potato, This Chair is Sculpted from Spuds

Not Quite a Couch Potato, This Chair is Sculpted from Spuds

Children are usually told to stop playing with their food, but those who never grow out of that particular habit tend to end up as rather brilliant, creative adults. Designer Gert Eussen, whom

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Mind-Blowing Building Built From Thousands of Books

Mind-Blowing Building Built From Thousands of Books

Kren created "Scanner" specifically for MAMbo in collaboration with the Slovakian Centre for Information on Literature. The installation is the seminal event of a local children's book fair --

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BOOK REVIEW: $20 per Gallon

BOOK REVIEW: $20 per Gallon

We have to admit that when we saw the title of Christopher Steiner's book, we scoffed a bit. Twenty dollars per a gallon of gas seems like an outrageous, unfathomable price, even when you're a

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BOOK REVIEW: Climate Cover-Up

BOOK REVIEW: Climate Cover-Up

Conspiracy! Author James Hoggan realizes the ridiculousness of that word, asserting that it "strains credulity and is offensive in its own right." Yet the massive media sway that he details in

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BOOK REVIEW: Land/Art New Mexico

BOOK REVIEW: Land/Art New Mexico

If you're interested in art that uses nature as its medium, there's no better place to get your fill than Land/Art New Mexico. The event may be over but the gathering was commemorated with this

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Feast on Fantastical Food Art Landscapes for Thanksgiving!

Feast on Fantastical Food Art Landscapes for Thanksgiving!

Each shot takes several days to build, shoot, and correct in post-production. Since food, as you know, perishes, the sets have to be built in layers-- otherwise the cilantro trees wilt before

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And Vinyly Turns Your Remains Into a Vinyl Record When You Die!

And Vinyly Turns Your Remains Into a Vinyl Record When You Die!

“Dig into the groove!” If you want to be spinning jams into the afterlife, get your ashes pressed into a vinyl record. As an alternative to anaerobic decomposition, UK-based company

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Topiary Joe’s Incredible Green Garden Sculptures

Topiary Joe’s Incredible Green Garden Sculptures

For those that consider themselves sophisticated designfolk, topiaries may seem the stuff of Edward Scissorhands suburbia or the artistic outlets of a housewife with hedge shears. But consider

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SurVivArt Offers a Creative Look at Global Issues and Happiness

SurVivArt Offers a Creative Look at Global Issues and Happiness

What makes a good life? This was the question that the Heinrich Böll Foundation asked a series of artists from Cambodia, Thailand, Nigeria, Myanmar and the Czech Republic. With the question in

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Andy Goldsworthy’s ‘Wood Line’ Installation Made From Fallen Trees Snakes Through the Presidio

Andy Goldsworthy’s ‘Wood Line’ Installation Made From Fallen Trees Snakes Through the Presidio

There is a certain etheral winding line that often surfaces in artist Andy Goldsworthy‘s work – If you’ve ever seen the documentary “Rivers and Tides,” visited

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‘Bicycle Portraits’ Feature Cyclists from All Walks of Life

‘Bicycle Portraits’ Feature Cyclists from All Walks of Life

Last year, we covered the efforts of Stan Engelbrecht and Nic Grobler, who set out to turn stunning portraits of cyclists in South Africa into a spectacular book. It appears that their

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Stacy Levy’s Tide Flowers Bloom With the Rising Waters of the Hudson River

Stacy Levy’s Tide Flowers Bloom With the Rising Waters of the Hudson River

Even when you’re in a city surrounded by water, the movement of tides can become invisible. Artist Stacy Levy took the fluctuation of tides and amplified them with a series of giant Tide

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Stacy Levy’s ‘Melting Point’ Sculpture Responds to the Changing Climate

Stacy Levy’s ‘Melting Point’ Sculpture Responds to the Changing Climate

With her sculpture Melting Point, artist Stacy Levy created a simple but dynamic work that responds to our changing environment. It may look like a chandelier of honey, but what it actually

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Artist Stacy Levy’s ‘Ridge and Valley’ Is an Interactive Watershed

Artist Stacy Levy’s ‘Ridge and Valley’ Is an Interactive Watershed

It might look like an unchanging giant stone museum piece, but this map of Pennsylvania's water systems is very much alive. When it rains, the intricate carvings of the state's creeks and rivers

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Field of Light: Bruce Munro’s Stunning LED Forest Springs Up in Bath

Field of Light: Bruce Munro’s Stunning LED Forest Springs Up in Bath

This installation includes over 5,000 frosted acrylic orbs that are connected via a series of fiber optic cables to a color-scrolling projector. The orbs are circuited in clusters, so that

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‘This is Not a Trojan Horse’ is a Message Carrier for the Abruzzo Region of Italy

‘This is Not a Trojan Horse’ is a Message Carrier for the Abruzzo Region of Italy

As suspect as this wooden contraption may appear, it's not full of attack soldiers -- but rather it was recently being used as a vehicle for communication. This is Not a Trojan Horse traveled

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‘Landscape Futures’ Exhibit at the Nevada Museum of Art Explores Our Relationship With Technology

‘Landscape Futures’ Exhibit at the Nevada Museum of Art Explores Our Relationship With Technology

The Nevada Museum of Art houses the Center for Art and the Environment, one of very few working institutions on the planet that devotes itself exclusively ecological art. Landscape Futures

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Towering Fog Garden Harvests Water From Thin Air

Towering Fog Garden Harvests Water From Thin Air

Fog is moisture. And in some places in the world, it's the only kind of moisture. This is true in the Atacama Desert -- the world's driest desert -- which runs along the west coast of South

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Dazzling Light Installation by Bruce Munro Set to Sprout at Longwood Gardens

Dazzling Light Installation by Bruce Munro Set to Sprout at Longwood Gardens

Circuitry really is the new root system, no? Wires connecting us all over the planet. So it’s inspiring to envision the coming work of artist Bruce Munro: a field of glowing orbs growing

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Gigantic Melting Vitruvian Man Calls Attention to Vanishing Arctic Sea Ice

Gigantic Melting Vitruvian Man Calls Attention to Vanishing Arctic Sea Ice

The Vitruvian Man is typically used as a symbol of the human relationship to geometry, to proportion, and to civilization. So Greenpeace decided to enlist artist John Quigley to install this

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Electric OSCar Gears up for Grueling Race Across South America

Electric OSCar Gears up for Grueling Race Across South America

In the movie “The Dilemma,” Vince Vaughn and Kevin James are challenged with the task of making hybrids sexy – namely, they must create a system that makes electric vehicles

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INTERVIEW: Ian Garrett Compares the Culture of COP 16 and 15

INTERVIEW: Ian Garrett Compares the Culture of COP 16 and 15

There were a range of factors that made COP16 different than its predecessor COP15. For one, it was held in a tropical paradise as opposed to a frozen northern metropolis. But more changed: the

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BOOK REVIEW: Just Food by James E. McWilliams

BOOK REVIEW: Just Food by James E. McWilliams

James E. McWilliams seems like he may be a big bummer at a lot of cocktail parties. You can tell, because the introduction to his book Just Food is continually defensive. “My goal here is

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INTERVIEW: Patricia Watts On the Eco-Art Movement

INTERVIEW: Patricia Watts On the Eco-Art Movement

For some closing thoughts on the cultural flurry in Copenhagen, Inhabitat turned to Patricia Watts. As the founder of ecoartspace, she has been curating, organizing, discussing, analyzing and

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Bamboo Trees Light up the Night With Luminous LED Leaves

Bamboo Trees Light up the Night With Luminous LED Leaves

Each of the LED-lit leaves is made of laser-etched plexiglass and mounted onto an artistically assembled shaft of bamboo. Each leaf contains a collection of red, green, blue, and white LEDs

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30,000 Used Chopsticks Transformed Into a Fallen Tree in Shanghai

30,000 Used Chopsticks Transformed Into a Fallen Tree in Shanghai

Single use-chopsticks are a notable waste issue in China - roughly 100 trees a day must be felled to create the little, wooden eating utensils. In response to the atrocities being subjected to

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COP16: Art in the Climate Change Village in Cancun

COP16: Art in the Climate Change Village in Cancun

Most of the information, performances and talks in the village were available in Spanish only, primarily catering to local residents. However, the days were filled with mariachi music and

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COP16: Sleek Electric Vehicles Race Through Cancun

COP16: Sleek Electric Vehicles Race Through Cancun

“Nature isn’t waiting while we negotiate, ” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon — and as if to prove him right, a bevy of electric vehicles recently descended upon the

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COP16: Traffic Jams, Mired Talks, and Glimmers of Hope

COP16: Traffic Jams, Mired Talks, and Glimmers of Hope

The first week of talks is over at COP16 in Cancun, Mexico, and my brain is mushy. It's not from margaritas -- what's spinning me around is the political web of the talks, the freakishly high

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