30,000 used chopsticks transformed into fallen tree sculpture

Chopstick-tree-1Single 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 these innocent trees, the China Environmental Protection Foundation has assembled the ghostly remains of meals past into a full-sized chopstick tree. An impressive sculpture standing beautiful and tall, this was actually far from the message they hoped to convey. So what did they do to get their point across? They broke it and handed out reusable chopstick sets and statistics near the slain tree.

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Thanks MCW


Half a boat is better than none


The Love Love was built to look as if it is sinking. French artist Julien Berthier has designed a fully functional boat to look as if it is sinking.  The 6.5m (21ft) yacht was cut in half with a new keel and motor added so it remains in the sinking position while being fully functional.   He describes it as “the permanent and mobile image of a wrecked ship that has become a functional and safe leisure object.”


Berthier has taken the boat (or should I say half-a-boat) across the English Channel to London and has toured it around Europe, getting plenty of offers of assistance from unwitting good Samaritans, who would presumably be either very annoyed or rather bemused by the contraption.
The designer and artist designed and built the floating installation in 2007.  He named his creation Love Love.

Thanks Gene


Ring Cycle of Music

An interesting piece of work by English artist Anton Hecht.  I’ve featured a few of his works or projects here on B&P, but they were lost with the crash in May.  I’ve always found his work to be interesting.

Wow those arts cuts are really bitting and we couldn’t afford instruments for everyone..No, really, just wanted to play around with the way people make music, and to come up with a concept that would allow nonplayers to get involved. I worked with composer Andy Jackson and sound engineer Chris Prosho and cameraman Magnus of MeerKat films. We also had the support of the University of Northumbria and Orange RockCorps on it. Left in allot of stuff I would normally cut out as it is all a bit of an experiment. I hope people get something out of watching it.