Forward Thinking Art

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Fragments of time by Nick Gentry is art made by recycling floppy disks. Photo credit: Southhampton Solent University.

Art lover and traveler? If you’re in the UK now, think about seeing Forward Thinking, an art exhibition which explores environmental, social and ethical concerns through art.

At UK’s Southhampton Solent University, the art exhibition brings together six artists from Canada, Japan and the UK.  Forward Thinking looks at some of the ways in which contemporary artists grapple with building a more sustainable future, seeking socially and environmentally responsible ways of living and working.

One of these artists is Nick Gentry who is best known for his recycling of floppy disks and film negatives. His exhibition piece is Gentry’s Fragments of time (above) which is “influenced by the development of consumerism, technology and cyberculture in society.”

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Wind Construction by Joan Sullivan. Photo credit: Southhampton Solent University.

Another Forward Thinking exhibiting artist is photographer Joan Sullivan who focuses on renewable energy. In her contribution, Wind Construction (above), Sullivan documents the installation of wind turbines in Canada with views from their highest point.

Forward Thinking
DATES: Until May 3, 2014
HOURS: Monday – Friday 11–6pm and Saturday 11–5pm.
LOCATION: Solent Showcase
Sir James Matthews Building,
Above Bar, Southampton, SO14 7NN

Green Photos: Green Walls

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Green walls, living walls or vertical gardens, are outdoor and indoor walls covered with vegetation that has a growing medium.  In the 193os, landscape architecture professor Stanley Hart White invented the first green wall system.

We’re inspired by more and more green walls we’re seeing when we travel. Here are some of our Instagram photos of a lush, outdoor green wall basking in the spring sunshine:

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One Good Chair

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Legendary Danish furniture designer Hans J. Wegner in the Ox Chair in 1960. Photo credit: Designmuseum Danmark.

“If only you could design just one good chair in your life . . . But you simply cannot, ” said Danish designer Hans J. Wegner in 1952.

Called the ‘The King of Chairs’ or ‘Chair Maker’, Hans J. Wegner (1914-2007) designed over 500 chairs which paved the way for Danish Design’s international breakthrough after World War II.

Marking the 100th anniversary of Han J. Wegner’s birth, Designmuseum Danmark in Copenhagen has launched the exhibition Just One Good Chair which runs until November 2, 2014.  The exhibition tells the story of Wegner’s life and career by showing 150+ of his major original works from the time, drawings, photos and models.

Guests can try out and touch over 50 newly produced Wegner-pieces in the exhibition. Showing how fine wooden furniture was made, the exhibition features film and furniture, by some of Wegner’s contemporaries including Charles & Ray Eames, Finn Juhl, Arne Jacobsen and Mies van der Rohe.

The exhibition highlights some of the most significant post-war Danish and international designers and current international designs which have been inspired by Danish design.

What makes Danish design special in relation to German, American and Italian design, for instance?,” asks Designmuseum Danmark. “And why is Danish design, and Wegner’s in particular, so popular in Asia today, serving as a model for so many of the greatest designers of our time – such as Jasper Morrison, Naoto Fukasawa, Tadeo Ando and Konstantin Grcic.”

Designmuseum Danmark
Bredgade 68
1260 København K

5 Fab Garden Instagramers

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Raindrops on a sweet spring leaf. Photo credit: @travelinggreen on Instagram.

“The glory of gardening: hands in dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.” – Alfred Austin

Spring and summer are the seasons when gardens and gardeners really come to life.

If you’re a garden lover, who visits and admires gardens or grows your own garden, you’ll find much beautiful #gardening inspiration on Instagram.

One of our favorite garden Instagram accounts is The Royal Horticultural Society, the UK garden charity “dedicated to sharing the best in gardening.” Another favorite is Urban Gardeners Republic which is a community of creative gardeners “capturing their passion through smart pictures.”

In our ongoing Fab Instagramers series, here are 5 Fab Garden Instagramers:

  1. @THE_RHS
  2. @mountstreetgardens
  3. @kewgardensphotos
  4. @urbangardenersrep
  5. @dewitgardentools