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.

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OVOPUR: Eco-friendly Water Filter

OVOPUR: Eco-friendly Water Filter

Design firm Aquaovo have created a whole new reason for water cooler talk with the OVOPUR, an environmentally-friendly water filter. Shaped like a sleek egg, the OVOPUR uses an Aquacristal

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ECO ART: Henrique Oliveira’s Urban Peels

ECO ART: Henrique Oliveira’s Urban Peels

Artist Henrique Oliveiraa was a student in São Paulo, Brazil when the plywood fence outside his window began to peel and fade into different layers and colors. The wood, called tapumes in

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ECO ART: Figureplant’s Recycled San Francisco

ECO ART: Figureplant’s Recycled San Francisco

The model train is officially hip and eco-friendly. No, really! Leaving the realm of your Dad's garage behind, one geek-ily cute metropolis has found a home at the San Francisco Conservatory of

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ECO ART EXHIBITION: Out of the Blue

ECO ART EXHIBITION: Out of the Blue

The weather has always been considered a primal and uncontrollable force. The exhibition, Out of the Blue, which opened this week at Bergen Community College in New Jersey, examines if human

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ECO ART: The Toaster Project

ECO ART: The Toaster Project

What would inspire an artist to attempt to build a toaster from scratch? Perhaps a quote from Douglas Adams? “Left to his own devices he couldn’t build a toaster. He could just about

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ECO ART DELIGHT: The Cardboard Kitchen

ECO ART DELIGHT: The Cardboard Kitchen

Artist Patianne Stevenson has finally nailed the recipe for the ultimate all-natural, planet and people-friendly cake. It's gorgeous, vegan, and virtually free of calories, because, um, it is

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ECO ART: Cold House Ice Furniture

ECO ART: Cold House Ice Furniture

Almost all furniture once possessed a life elsewhere before it became an object in your home. It might have been a tree, or a metal, or a fluff of cotton, or any other of the multitude of

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ECO FUR GRAFFITI: Fur Crimes

ECO FUR GRAFFITI: Fur Crimes

Neozoon, is the singular form of a species of animal introduced to an area by humans. It is also the name of a  artist who is re-populating urban areas with animals made from old fur coats.

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ECO ART: Want to Hug a Tree? Get in line!

ECO ART: Want to Hug a Tree? Get in line!

Gathering branches surrounding a tree, artists Agnieszka Gradzik and Wiktor Szostalo use the organic material to create wicker-people that embrace the tree. That's right, these figures are

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ECO ART: San Jose Climate Clock

ECO ART: San Jose Climate Clock

Wired Wilderness So how do we gauge the effects of climate change? Not just empirically but aesthetically, viscerally, visually? This is a question the city of San Jose has put to different

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DPW Adirondack Chair made from Recycled Roadblocks

DPW Adirondack Chair made from Recycled Roadblocks

Design students Jeffrey Gerlach and Andrew Stanley have instituted an informal furniture catch-and-release program. With just a few steps, they have discovered a way to construct a clever and

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HOLIDAY ART: Christmas Tree Chainsaw MassACRE

HOLIDAY ART: Christmas Tree Chainsaw MassACRE

This week we shared sustainable Christmas tree options for this holiday season. And even though Christmas is over, Chainsaw MassACRE, an art installation by SWA Group-- a landscape architecture

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GREEN GIFT GUIDE 2008: Stocking Stuffers

GREEN GIFT GUIDE 2008: Stocking Stuffers

Whether you're looking to stuff a stocking full of something other than candy and useless do-dads, or just looking to pass on a bit of green fun, we've selected an assortment of our favorite

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DELHI PUBLIC ART: 48 Degrees Celsius

DELHI PUBLIC ART: 48 Degrees Celsius

Delhi is a city choked in climate change. Mostly unregulated by urban planning, the city has colored the Yamuna river with an untold amount of sewage, darkened its skies with the particulate

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MELTING MEN Eco Art Calls Attention to Global Warming

MELTING MEN Eco Art Calls Attention to Global Warming

Ice melts. Simple, yes, and yet it seems to be one of those seminal issues of our time. Ice is melting, in a big, thundering, shuddering, streaming-down way, and it's making polar bears swim

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ECO ART ACTIVISM: Melting Man Challenges Climate Change

ECO ART ACTIVISM: Melting Man Challenges Climate Change

It appears that global warming has finally created its own version of the Wounded Veteran. Sitting in a puddle of himself in Buenos Aires' Plaza Francia, a young man from Red Cross Argentina

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Lea Turto: Sacred Groves

Lea Turto: Sacred Groves

There's something about the shock of red in a forest that makes it ethereal and otherworldly. That's part of Finnish artist Lea Turto's point. In 2005, she covered a series of tree stumps in

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ORGANIC ART: Katy Stone and Yvette Molina Paintings

ORGANIC ART: Katy Stone and Yvette Molina Paintings

In the rush to create ultra-modern bamboo chairs, entertainment centers, desks, wallets, and other generally eco “stuff,” the pure beauty of natural forms is sometimes lost in modern

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Extraordinary Sustainability at Japan Society’s Bamboo Exhibit

Extraordinary Sustainability at Japan Society’s Bamboo Exhibit

Bamboo is being used in everything these days: cutting boards, bikes, folding houses, and furniture. Its versatility, however, is truly evident in the exhibition New Bamboo: Contemporary

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Re-mixed Topographies: Maya Lin’s Systematic Landscapes

Re-mixed Topographies: Maya Lin’s Systematic Landscapes

As in her work on the Vietnam War Memorial so many years ago, the contemporary pieces of artist Maya Lin hit the emotional nail right on the head. In her exhibition Systematic Landscapes, which

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Up In the Trees: Madison Square Tree Huts

Up In the Trees: Madison Square Tree Huts

New York's Madison Square Garden has taken on a Swiss-Family-Robinson feel lately. This is due to an art exhibition featuring work by Tadashi Kawamata called Madison Square Tree Huts, which

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Post-Katrina Sustainable Architecture: The Shotgun House

Post-Katrina Sustainable Architecture: The Shotgun House

The 9th ward in New Orleans has become a crazy quilt of architectural styles since the post-Katrina rebuild. In the overgrown fields of the neighborhood, traditionally built homes sit next to

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The White House Organic Farm Project

The White House Organic Farm Project

Last week, we covered the results of the White House Redux competition. The competition asked what the White House might look like if it was designed today. This week, we are visiting with

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Aeolian Electric: Wind-Powered Sculptures

Aeolian Electric: Wind-Powered Sculptures

Although wind turbines are a well-known green energy source, they remain an invention far removed from the public eye. However, Elliott Montgomery’s recent Aeolian Electric Project at

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Mark Langan’s Corrugated Cardboard Sculpture

Mark Langan’s Corrugated Cardboard Sculpture

We've seen the intricate cars, engines, bicycles and other machinations of civilization created out of cardboard by artist Chris Gilmour: bafflingly accurate and detailed for the imprecise

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Park(ing) Day 2008

Park(ing) Day 2008

Park(ing) Spot Picnic at the Curiosity Shoppe. Yesterday was Park(ing) Day, an all-day long event that converted paved parking places across the US into verdant refuges. Since its inception

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CONFLUX 2008 FESTIVAL: Wild Urban Nets and Street Spinning

CONFLUX 2008 FESTIVAL: Wild Urban Nets and Street Spinning

This weekend, New York City's streets are animated with urban lab experiments and psychogeographic mappings at the 2008 Conflux Festival. Amongst them are several projects that send tendrils out

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Human/Nature: Artists Respond to a Changing Planet

Human/Nature: Artists Respond to a Changing Planet

People have conducted studies of baboons, of the levels of sweetness in the oceans, and of the migratory patterns of swallows - studies including everything from minute traces of minerals to

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Black Cloud Citizen Scientist League

Black Cloud Citizen Scientist League

If you ever listened to the old radio show "The Shadow", you know that the central caped crusader had a legion of agents, who all kept in communication with him using sparkling rings. Though its

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Groundbreaking Energy Ball Wind Turbine for Home Power

Groundbreaking Energy Ball Wind Turbine for Home Power

Swedish company Home Energy recently revealed an innovative wind turbine that spins in a spherical formation. Eschewing traditional rotors for a sleek orb structure, this beautiful rethinking of

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