Andy Scott’s Kelpies, the world’s largest pair of equine sculptures and one of the UK’s tallest pieces of public art. The 30 metre tall Kelpies have cost £5million (nearly $8.7 million Canadian) to complete and play a central role in the £43 million ($74 million), 350-hectare Helix land transformational project between Falkirk and Grangemouth.
The two Kelpie heads are positioned at a specially constructed canal lock and basin part of the Helix project, each weighing 300 tonnes and standing more than 30 metres tall. The structure was designed by sculptor Andy Scott as a monument to horse powered heritage across Central Scotland.
34 Examples of Installation Art That Don’t Suck
A post by Jesse Fernandez. If you have artist friends, you may be used to crappy, half-assed pieces of installation art the artist waited until the last minute to do. While stoned. These are piece are not those
I like some of these examples more than others, but on the whole a pretty good collection of contemporary installation pieces. My favorite has to be the bird falling through the screen of strawberries.
Ray Johnson created a series of promotional flyers for his design practice, These were created in the mid-1950s when he resided at 2 Dover St. in Manhattan. —ds
In the U.S., recycling is often pigeonholed as “green”—something to do if you personally care about the environment, but it’s certainly not done for pure [moral] reasons.
That’s why many Westerners would be shocked to learn a simple fact: The recycling industry is worth $500 billion a year and employs more people than any other industry on the planet, except for agriculture.
This perception gap is the underlying driver of journalist Adam Minter’s new book, Junkyard Planet, coming out on November 12th. The book explores the often hidden world of the global recycling industry, with a focus on China, the mecca for the sector and where Minter, son of an American junkyard owner, has lived for the last decade.
I’m one of those employed in the industry. I have suspicions that the plant in the photo above is one of the better run ones also.
I was unaware.
This weekend I was working a wine event (picking up garbage, mostly) when two old ladies demanded to know if we recycled and threatened to go dumpster diving to save their plates if we didn’t. Their obnoxiousness reminded me of all the e-recycling towns in China, the scrap-yard at Stubblefied, the millions spent to turn plastic grocery bags back into plastic… All I could think was, “You just want to look green in front of your friend - you have no idea what happens to this shit after you’ve had your 10 minute dinner.” Neither do I, not really and intimately, but at least I don’t demand recycling from “the help.” They didn’t fool me; if they cared so damn much, they’d have brought their own plates and forks. Our disposable culture makes recycling seem like an awesome option, but I don’t think it’s a plausible solution to our current rates of consumption.
PS - I’m trying to be honest in this post about my angry reaction to these women. If I had been in a better mood I may not have cared, but since I was already PO’ed I could get angry at things I normally don’t think about, like recycling.