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Multilayered Mixed Media Works by Brooks Salzwedel

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SoCal artist documents the collision of the natural and industrial worlds

As regular SHFT readers know by now, we sort of have a thing for art and photography that explores the area where the natural and the manmade intersect. And Los Angeles-based creative Brooks Salzwedel, whose work we discovered on Faith is Torment, navigates that zone as beautifully and interestingly as anyone. Salzwedel's mixed media works are made using hand drawn graphite on Duralar, which is......read more

In Australia, Wind Power is Cheaper than Fossil Fuels

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Wind energy prices undercutting coal and natural gas, according to Bloomberg report

The argument that fossil fuels are cheaper than renewable sources of energy has long been used to hold back the shift to clean power. But that's increasingly not the case. A new report about the Australian energy industry provides solid evidence that renewable energy can increasingly compete on cost with fossil fuels. The Bloomberg New Energy Finance report reveals that unsubsidized wind farms......read more

Dreamy Desert Photos by Alfredo de Stefano

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Conceptual photographer mixes natural and manmade elements to explore humanity's effect on the planet

"Deserts thrill us because they show us nature before man. They also show us what the world could be like after man has disappeared." - Théodore Monod Alfredo De Stefano is obsessed with deserts. Over the last several years, the contemporary Mexican photographer has visited arid landscapes all over the globe to create ethereal images that address the natural environment's elemental......read more

Loan Nguyen: Weather and Natural Phenomena

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Swiss artist takes on climate change in playful photo series

In her series Météo et phénomènes naturels (translated as Weather and Other Natural Phenomena), Switzerland-based photographer Loan Nguyen takes a playful approach to the issue of climate change. Positioning herself in each image, Nguyen takes on the task of "creating" weather events, from rain and snow to hail and wind. The whimsical photos carry a powerful personal......read more

After Sandy: Break the Silence

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In the wake of one of the worst natural disasters in American history, it's time to face the reality of climate change

Every four years presidential candidates tell the American people that that election is a turning point for the country. This year they might have actually been right. To be sure, there are always differences between candidates. On a range of issues, from health care to tax reform, voters this year faced a real choice about two different approaches to governing. But the other turning point in......read more

Jillian Anderson's Supernatural British Columbia

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Gorgeous photos of people, places and vegetation in the Pacific Northwest

As people who have lived in the Pacific Northwest can attest, there is nowhere else in North America quite like it. The dense rainforest, soaring mountains and shimmering sea stay with you long after you leave. Trust me. I lived there for ten years, so whenever I come across good photos shot in the area, I get psyched.  We can't tell you much about Jillian Anderson other than she lives in......read more

Kim Boske: Nature

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Tongue-in-cheek depictions of "natural" landscapes

In a world where the vast majority of us live in cities, far removed from the rhythms of nature, it's easy to see why people have a tendency to view humanity and nature and separate entities. That view is false, obviously, and we're always interested in art that explores this idea. These photographs from Amsterdam-based artist Kim Boske do just that. Shot at what appears to be a natural history......read more

Pertaining to Things Natural

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Art and environment connect in exhibition at London's Chelsea Physic Garden

Founded waaaay back in 1673, Chelsea Physic Garden is London's oldest botanical garden, a place that today plays host to over 5,000 edible, useful, medicinal and historical plants. That, at least for garden nerds like us, is sufficient reason to visit the place. With Pertaining to Things Natural..., a big sculpture show currently underway on the garden's grounds,......read more

The Green-Roofed Gullesfjord Station

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A new Norwegian truck stop blends seamlessly into its natural surroundings

With the beautifully executed Gullesfjord weight control station, Norwegian architects Jarmund/Vigsnæs prove that green roofs are not just the province of expensive homes and high profile public buildings. Resting at the border of one of Norway's pristine national parks, the truck inspection station is integrated seamlessly into the natural landscape, with an ambitious vegetated roof that......read more

Stylish, Sustainable Footwear by Martha Davis

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At San Francisco's Workshop Residence, the multifaceted designer embraces the natural warmth of reclaimed wood

Considering her background in industrial design, it should come as no surprise that Martha Davis takes a structural approach to designing footwear. "My approach is always fairly architectural," she explained to Cool Hunting. "I don't do a lot of decorating." The multifaceted designer, who has more than twenty patents registered in the US, spent the last few months at San Francisco's......read more

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