Bringing the Forest into the Heart of New York’s Times Square

There is an exciting campaign on Kickstarter that has already met its initial goal and is close to meeting its stretch goal. Conservation biologist Marielle Anzelone loves the nature found in Manhattan and wants to help New Yorkers realize the valuable green space found throughout the city, so she has started a project to bring a lush green forest right into the heart of Times Square in NYC. 

There’s an “International Car Church” in Nevada

Deep in the middle of Nevada there’s a church. This isn’t your everyday church though. In fact, it’s full of Cadillacs, Buicks and Dodges. Welcome to the International Car Forest of the Last Church, located in the old mining town of Goldfield. Created by Mark Ripple and artist Chad Sorg, the “car forest” boasts more than 40 vehicles of all shapes and sizes. Many are buried nose first in the desert.

Art That Takes You Places: Metro Stations in Naples are Becoming Art Galleries

Ten years ago the city of Naples, Italy, decided to renew their subway stations with a bit of art and life. Under the guidance of Achille Bonto Oliva, the former Venice Biennale director, 14 stations have been redesigned, and now house over 200 works by over 100 artists and architects. Each station has its own signature style.

The Art and Spirit from Midburn: the New Regional Burning Man Gathering in Israel

From June 3-7, 2014 the first official Israeli Burning Man event called “Midburn” took place in the heart of the Negev desert. While many Israelis participating at the gathering were familiar with the Burning Man event in Nevada, many had not been able to personally attend the Nevada Burn. Half a world away, this was the ripe opening for those who desired to join the unique Burning Man community.

Embrace: A Large-Scale Sculpture for Burning Man 2014

It’s less than four months until people from all around the planet gather together for Burning Man; and the artists bringing installations to the gathering are busy fundraising and building their creations for all to enjoy. The Pier Group, the artist collective which brought their namesake art installations The Pier and The Pier 2 in 2011 and 2012, are once again bringing an amazing large-scale sculpture to the gathering. Called “Embrace,” it is a 72ft tall wooden structure featuring two humans embracing to symbolize all of the relationships that are made during the week long event.

The Secret Life of Robots… is Actually More Normal Than You’d Expect

I know, I know… we’ve all grown up thinking robots are SOooo cool. They’re always shooting laser beams out of their eyes or “transforming” into fast cars. But do you want to know a secret? According to artist Toby Fraley, they’re a lot like us. His latest solo show The Secret Life of Robots features a host of normal robots going about their often hilariously mundane lives.

Cradle of Mir: Interview with Burning Man Art Crew from Russia

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This year at Burning Man, there were over 350 registered art installations. One of the largest examples on the Playa was called the Cradle of Mir. It was constructed by a large crew consisting of artists, engineers, producers and enthusiasts with extensive experience organizing and participating in different Russian festivals, most broadly involved in “Pustye Holmi” (translated literally as Empty Hills), the festival of art, music and endless creativity.

1,000,000 Bones Come to DC to Represent Genocide

The One Million Bones installation on the National Mall in Washington DC, USA.

Throughout human history there have been atrocities – occurrences that are hard to retell, but need to be. In just the past 100 years there have been genocides in countries such as Guatemala, Sudan, Burma and Somalia. And while the perpetrators of the killings sometimes come to justice, sometimes they do not. After millions of people have died innocently, that simply is not acceptable in the world of today.

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The Dream Swing at Burning Man is Looking for Support

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Last year well known artistic welder Joe Beal had a dream. In his dream he imagined a heart with 4 arches shooting below to stand it up, while in the center a love swing hung from the bottom lit up in hot pink. Upon waking up, Joe knew what he had to do: build it and share it with the world. He got to work in his welding studio and with support from friends he created what became to be known as the “Dream Swing.” Happily, it was installed at a place where many people could interact and see it: The Burning Man gathering in the Nevada desert.