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Redwood

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Nature porn at its finest

With "Redwood," San Francisco director/photographer Steven Poe offers up an amazing slice of nature porn in the form of a dreamlike adventure through California's coastal forests. Set to a score by Yuki Murata, the video is a gorgeous, meditative redwood forest experience. The project began as a personal challenge to practice shooting high-contrast scenes, Poe said, but grew......read more

Terrific Tree and Plant Photos by Brad McMurray

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Vancouver photographer finds beauty in the banal

Brad McMurray locates the beauty in everyday scenes with his photos of  trees and plants in the city. Like a plant-focused William Eggleston,  McMurray surveys the banal to uncover the moments where the urban and natural worlds collide: My work focuses on the mundane and ordinary world and I think that no subject is fuller of implications than this one... I strive to make forms make......read more

Niccolo Bonfadini: Sentinels of the Arctic

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Frozen trees of Finnish Lapland

In the northern reaches of Scandanavia lies Lapland, a winter wonderland where the Aurora Borealis shines bright above a snow-covered landscape blanketed in forests and dotted with lakes. Italian nature photographer Niccolo Bonfadini visited Finnish Lapland and captured some of the magic of the place. Bonfadini's Sentinels of the Arctic series features frozen pine and spruce trees, bowing under......read more

TreeSmart Pencils

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Back-to-school writing tools made from recycled newspapers $8.00

Pencils aren't the most exciting or sexy products we've featured on SHFT, but they are must-have accessories for students, and with school looming ominously on the horizon, it's time to load up on back-to-class essentials. For some of the most sustainable writing tools on the market, look no further than TreeSmart, which has been making high quality pencils from recycled newspapers since......read more

Ellie Davies: Between the Trees

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Eerie, mysterious images of smoke drifting through the forest

UK photographer Ellie Davies' chosen place of work is the forest, where she intervenes to explore the complex relationship between the landscape and the individual. Forests, which in the UK include ancient woodlands, timber forestry, and wildlife reserves, represent the confluence of nature and culture, of natural landscape and human activity. They are also powerful symbols, places of danger......read more

Taken By Trees, "Dreams"

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Swedish songstress heads to Oahu's North Shore for this beautiful, gauzy new vid

Taken By Trees, the solo bliss-pop project from ex-Concretes lead singer Victoria Bergsman, just released this video for "Dreams", which matches the song's dreamy, ethereal vibe with gauzy visuals shot on the North Shore of Oahu. As the soundtrack delivers a mix of clam-shell clap beats, hushed vocals and nimble guitar plucks, director Amanda Marsalis follows Bergsman as she cruises around......read more

Still Corners, "Into The Trees"

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Shimmering, cinematic vid for upstart dream-pop foursome from London

In this swirling new video for "Into The Trees" from UK's Still Corners, director Ollie Murray serves up a literal interpretation of the song's title. Murray takes some beautiiful found nature footage, with cameos from a bear, a deer, and a waterfall, and juxtaposes it against kaleidoscopic shots of the band members doing performing the song. It's a dreamy clip, one that goes perfectly with the......read more

TreeScreen by William Stranger

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"Functional sculpture" straddles the line between art and design $3,200.00

Pasadena-based artist/designer William Stranger makes unique pieces from salvaged walnut wood -- landfill-bound urban trees that have been downed by development, storm or disease. “Tree Screen” merges art with functional design, and can be installed as a piece on the wall or used as a headboard or even a door. ...read more

Eat LACMA: Orange Trees

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In the first installation of SHFT's Eat LACMA series, Fallen Fruit gifts mandarin orange trees to spread a community of food and culture.

A collaboration between LACMA and Fallen Fruit, Eat LACMA is a year-long investigation into food, art, culture and politics. The idea of the project is to promote a greater sense of community and culture by re-invigorating the relationship between people and food. It also seeks to highlight the idea of sustainability and bring it to the widest group of people possible. We showed up with cameras......read more

Yuken Teruya's Magical Paper Bag Trees

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Japanese artist transforms fast food bags into miniature forests

How many people has McDonald's served at this point? A trillion? The thought of all those fast food bags getting tossed into the garbage makes us shudder. Japanese artist Yuken Teruya spins that thought on its head with this delicate paper bag wor titled Notice-Forest: What Victory Tastes Like. The discarded bag piece builds on his growing repertoire of work made from mundane......read more

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