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Lighten Up Trailer

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Our first original web series, produced in collaboration with Stonyfield Farm, documents the greening of the music industry.

Lighten Up, our first original web series, chronicles bands taking part in the cultural shift toward sustainability. The series kicks off with The Honey Brothers (featuring SHFT's own Adrian Grenier on drums), followed by Brandi Carlile, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes and Dave Matthews Band. Lighten Up is produced in partnership with Stonyfield Farm....read more

Ars Natura: Ascension

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A monumental prayer for the future.

'Senbazaru' is a particularly Japanese concept. It roughly translates as “intention” but it refers more specifically to the act of installing intention through the physical act of folding paper and stringing a row of origami creations together to make a chain of prayers. The art of origami – little known fact – has spiritual origins. It was (and still is) a means to leave a......read more

Colorful Commotion

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In Berlin, a guerrilla 'street art' project makes unwilling artists out of cars.

Late in April, on a clear and sunny afternoon in Berlin, a group of cyclists dumped 13 gallons of non-toxic, water soluble paint in a busy city intersection. When cars drove through the intersection, their wheels became paintbrushes, creating a colorful public art piece on the streets. The whole thing took only a few seconds, and the results were caught on video. Was there an anti-car, pro-bike......read more

Chrysalis Sky Floor Lamp

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Nature-infused lighting design makes use of delicate, highly renewable material—silk cocoons. $1,114.00

Angus Hutcheson's exquisite Chrysalis Sky floor lamp is as elegant as sustainable design gets. Conceived as a surreal glowing orb for the living room, the lamp's diffuser is made from randomly configured silk cocoons, each attached to a hand-soldered wire matrix. Produced by Hutcheson's lighting Argo brand, the lamp continues with the brand's design narrative of fusing nature......read more

Ars Natura: Cauda Equina

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Keith Bentley's hairy tribute to horses lost.

I learned several disturbing factoids when studying the work of multimedia artist Keith Bentley. First, there is actually an entire industry called “horse rendering” that turns dead and dying horses into by-products – skins, feed, glue, hair. Some argue that it is more ecologically friendly to reuse a dead animal than it is to incinerate it (which requires a huge amount of fuel and......read more

Heat Waves in a Swamp

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Charles Burchfield's unique, mystical vision of nature captured in new touring retrospective.

Widely acclaimed during his lifetime, American painter Charles Ephraim Burchfield (1893 - 1967) is curiously under-appreciated today. But an ambitous new touring retrospective, curated by artist Robert Gober, may change that. HEAT WAVES IN A SWAMP, which opens in June at New York's Whitney Museum, features over one hundred works by the visionary artist. Working predominantly in watercolor,......read more

Ars Natura: The Art of Reflection

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Yunior Marino reflects on the rhythms of nature.

A small but influential gallery in Mexico called MYTO, which helped launch Fabian Pena to MAD fame (amazing exhibit through October in New York), represents several other inspiring Latin American artists. One of my newfound favorites is Cuban Yunior Marino. Marino creates “photographic paintings” framing, cropping and assembling simple photographs of nature into epic mental......read more

Toby Burrows: Fallen

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Nice collection of supernatural landscape images by talented Australian photographer.

In 'Fallen,' the new collection of photos from Toby Burrows, female forms float and fall in vivid natural landscapes. Inspired by the detailed, intensely colorful style of Pre-Raphaelite paintings, Burrows juxtaposes nudes with nature. It's a surreal exploration of the relationship between human form and landscape, and some really, really beautiful stuff. ...read more

Ghost in the Machine

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Erika Iris Simmons creates iconic music portraits from an almost-dead media — old cassette tapes.

Cool Hunting points us at some amazing pop music portraiture from Erika Iris Simmons, who creates intricate artwork out of recycled cassette tapes. Her "Ghost in the Machine" series, currently on view at the Peninsula School of Art in Winsconsin, pays tribute to music icons with astoundingly accurate images woven in cassette tape. See more from the series at the Atlanta-based......read more

Cityscape Stamp Set

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Nice-lookin', eco-lovin' natural rubber stamps mounted on reclaimed maple blocks. $30.00

Sure, you could send that letter on blank paper, unadorned with any neat illustrations. But that would be rather boring, wouldn't it? Spruce up your paper creations with these fun stamps from Yellow Owl Workshop. Handmade in San Franscisco, the set of five natural rubber stamps is mounted on reclaimed maple and nicely presented in a 4 x 8" birch box (also reclaimed, of course). ...read more

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