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Swing is a Low Tech Energy-Generating Public Art Installation in Portugal

Swing is a Low Tech Energy-Generating Public Art Installation in Portugal

Oporto and Berlin-based design collective Moradavaga recently built Swing - an awesome low tech energy-generating public art installation in Portugal. Simply by swinging on the swings made with

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Pont de Singe is a Hanging Bridge Suspended by Helium-Filled Balloons in the UK

Pont de Singe is a Hanging Bridge Suspended by Helium-Filled Balloons in the UK

"Replacing the bearings [with a] helium balloon bridge seems to abstract laws of gravity and questions our perception," wrote Grossetête. And it also challenges us to think about low-impact, temporary

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San Francisco’s Urban Prototyping Festival Showcases 23 Urban Innovation Projects

San Francisco’s Urban Prototyping Festival Showcases 23 Urban Innovation Projects

UP:SF was the second stop on the tour (the festival has already been to Singapore), and it was presented by Gray Area Foundation for the Arts in partnership with Intersection for the

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Adam Niklewicz’s Charter Oak Tree Mural in Hartford is Activated by Water

Adam Niklewicz’s Charter Oak Tree Mural in Hartford is Activated by Water

Although the mural is water-activated, most rain storms wouldn't do the trick -- unless it was falling at just the right angle. So to ensure that the mural is visible, Hartford installed sprinklers -- two

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BE OPEN Sound Portal Brings Music and Acoustic Art to Trafalgar Square’s Crowds at London Design Festival

BE OPEN Sound Portal Brings Music and Acoustic Art to Trafalgar Square’s Crowds at London Design Festival

Designed by Arup, the round black structure is entered via a short, curving passageway. On our visit, the cool white interior, with walls of mesh fabric and a generous skylight, was warmed by the sound of

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Park(ing) Day 2012: Photos of the Best Pop-Up Parks From Coast to Coast!

Park(ing) Day 2012: Photos of the Best Pop-Up Parks From Coast to Coast!

Park(ing) Day began in San Francisco in 2005 when Rebar Studio converted a single parking space into a pop-up park. The idea is that as long as you feed the meter, the space is yours to use as you please.

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French Artist Globepainter Travels The World Creating His Locally Inspired Street Art

French Artist Globepainter Travels The World Creating His Locally Inspired Street Art

Part of Globepainter's success is due to his work with the documentary series Les Nouveux Explorateurs, which brought him to all corners of the world to draw inspiration and paint. The Globepainter

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Michael Jantzen’s Solar Eclipse Pavilion is a Public Sculpture that Doubles as a Renewable Energy Source

Michael Jantzen’s Solar Eclipse Pavilion is a Public Sculpture that Doubles as a Renewable Energy Source

Michael Jantzen's Solar Eclipse Pavilion is a sprawling steel sculpture designed to create a shady public meeting space. But instead of serving just one function the artistic installation is capped with a

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Amazing Cooking Strainer Portraits Mysteriously Pop Up in London

Amazing Cooking Strainer Portraits Mysteriously Pop Up in London

Isaac Cordal debuted this style of strainer art a few years ago in London. His urban installations consist of casting shadows from the metal cooking strainers' faces onto the ground using

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Colossal Baobab Tree Made From Recycled Fabric Takes Root in Central London

Colossal Baobab Tree Made From Recycled Fabric Takes Root in Central London

A towering baobab tree made from colorful strands of recycled textiles recently rose on the bank of the River Thames in London. Dubbed "Under the Baobab", the art installation was created by Pirate

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Incredible Sand Installation in Barcelona Recreates an Entire Philharmonic Orchestra

Incredible Sand Installation in Barcelona Recreates an Entire Philharmonic Orchestra

The entire installation was crafted from a mixture of imported sand, water, and glue to help protect the figures from collapsing in the wind. Each of the sand-sculpted musicians are unique, and they're

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Wij krijgen Kippen’s Giant Egg Wanders Amsterdam to Provide Green Energy Education

Wij krijgen Kippen’s Giant Egg Wanders Amsterdam to Provide Green Energy Education

"Wij krijgen Kippen," which roughly translates from the Dutch to "we pick up chickens," has an unusual educational tool for informing the public about energy usage — their giant egg wanders through

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An Army of Pseudo Bikes Illuminates the Streets of Madrid

An Army of Pseudo Bikes Illuminates the Streets of Madrid

Not only to the Madrid-based designers have a sense of humor, but they definitely have a thing for nighttime guerrilla art. Armed with a pile of translucent fabric "bicycle seats" that easily slip over

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Manifest Destiny! Tiny Cabin Finds a Home Between San Francisco’s Downtown Skyscrapers

Manifest Destiny! Tiny Cabin Finds a Home Between San Francisco’s Downtown Skyscrapers

On display until October, 2012, Manifest Destiny! is the product of a collaboration between two designers; San Francisco-based Jenny Chapman and New York-based Mark Reigelman. Their first project

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Duo-Gard’s Blossoms of Hope Bus Shelter Sprouts in Minneapolis

Duo-Gard’s Blossoms of Hope Bus Shelter Sprouts in Minneapolis

Incorporating public art into new developments is not a new practice, but one developer in Minneapolis took the idea to the next level, commissioning a bright, vibrant sculpture to be a gateway into the

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Hannes Bend’s ‘Eclipse’ Installation Opens Eyes to the Artificial Reef Catastrophe

Hannes Bend’s ‘Eclipse’ Installation Opens Eyes to the Artificial Reef Catastrophe

Back in 1972, a well-meaning nonprofit group came up with the idea of creating an artificial reef off the South Florida coast using two million old tires. The sunken rubber was supposed to lure game fish

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VERDMX’s Soaring Vertical Gardens Clean Mexico City’s Air

VERDMX’s Soaring Vertical Gardens Clean Mexico City’s Air

VERDMX' eco-sculptures serve as both artworks and oxygen replenishers. VERDMX's work, sponsored by Nissan, serves as an example of how nonprofit organizations, businesses and local governments

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Organograph: Giant Kinetic Flower Sculpture is Powered by the Sun

Organograph: Giant Kinetic Flower Sculpture is Powered by the Sun

Bill Washabaugh, Chico MacMurtie, and Geo Homsy developed the climate clock with these fundamental elements in mind: the Clock, the Observatory, the Carbon Cycle Simulation, the Incubator Dome, the Time

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Coca-Cola’s Graffiti Hits Historic New Orleans Neighborhoods Ahead of Final Four

Coca-Cola’s Graffiti Hits Historic New Orleans Neighborhoods Ahead of Final Four

Apparently Coca-Cola is really into New Orleans lassez-faire lifestyle, so much so that they decided to cover the sidewalks of the historic French Quarter and Treme neighborhoods with company logos as

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Abandoned Buildings Given a Literal “Face” Lift By Russian Street Artist Nomerz

Abandoned Buildings Given a Literal “Face” Lift By Russian Street Artist Nomerz

Talk about a "face" lift! Making waves with his street art that transforms enormous abandoned structures into giant portraits, Russian artist Nikita Nomerz uses details already present at the sites he

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Waving Wall: Massive Recycled Bottle Installation Shows the Virtual Water Footprint of Two Pairs of Jeans

Waving Wall: Massive Recycled Bottle Installation Shows the Virtual Water Footprint of Two Pairs of Jeans

Did you know that it takes 140 liters of water to produce a standard cup of coffee - without milk? This is virtual water footprint includes the H20 used to irrigate and process the coffee beans and

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1000 Recycled Doors Transform the Facade of a 10-Story Building in Seoul

1000 Recycled Doors Transform the Facade of a 10-Story Building in Seoul

South Korean Artist Choi Jeong-Hwa used 1000 brightly colored recycled doors to transform a bland 10-story building into an eye-popping visual indulgence. Jeong-Hwa is a master of using found objects to

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Generous Water Fountain Gently Fills Your Bottle to the Brim

Generous Water Fountain Gently Fills Your Bottle to the Brim

We often ignore water fountains, passing them up for sweet bottled beverages packed into vending machines. So to give an old design some much needed love and attention, Poletic Studio has created the

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JUMP! Hay Filled Wooden Pallet Lets You Dive Into Fun

JUMP! Hay Filled Wooden Pallet Lets You Dive Into Fun

Cities may be full of life, but they can also often fall short when it comes to providing a sense of wonderment. To give more lackluster spaces within the urban landscape an extra bit of cheeriness, RURAL

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Old SF’s Interactive Map Displays San Francisco’s History in Photographs

Old SF’s Interactive Map Displays San Francisco’s History in Photographs

San Franciscans love their history. The city has established historical museums of all flavors to celebrate its pioneers and their contributions to civil society. Now, armchair travelers are invited to

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27 Sol LeWitt Sculptures Enliven New York’s City Hall Park

27 Sol LeWitt Sculptures Enliven New York’s City Hall Park

With world-famous parks like the High Line and Central Park, smaller green spaces in New York City often get overlooked. But this summer, the small City Hall Park at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge has

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Gorgeous Green-Roofed Marcel Sembat School Completed in France

Gorgeous Green-Roofed Marcel Sembat School Completed in France

Architecture firm Archi5 has updated six workshop buildings originally built between 1930 and 1960. In addition to these renovations, the new design includes dormitories, staff accommodations, a

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‘Before I Die’ Art Project Transforms Abandoned Building Into Hopeful Bucket List

‘Before I Die’ Art Project Transforms Abandoned Building Into Hopeful Bucket List

Artist Candy Chang's spirited "Before I Die" installation transforms the negative connotations attached to abandoned spaces by renewed a disused building in New Orleans to create an interactive public art

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Amazing Biodegradable Piezo-Art Pavilion by 3XN Generates its Own Energy

Amazing Biodegradable Piezo-Art Pavilion by 3XN Generates its Own Energy

Danish architects 3XN have created a swirling art installation that features some of the most advanced building and energy-generating technologies on earth. Designed for an exhibit at Louisiana's Museum

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Estria Foundation Address the Water Crisis With 10 Murals in 10 Cities

Estria Foundation Address the Water Crisis With 10 Murals in 10 Cities

The Estria Foundation recently unveiled the first of ten murals in their “Water Writes” campaign, which focuses on expressing the perspectives of communities that are highly affected by water issues.

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