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eco art from found objects – barbara irwin

Perhaps your next piece of conceptual art is lying in that pile of junk in the corner of your garage, or hidden in a box in your crawlspace.  Eco-art can take many forms, with found art being a great way to upcycle objects into creative new expressions.


Austin-based Barbara Irwin refers to her pieces as found or assemblage art. She upcycles objects into whimsical new creations like her “The Descending Man” and “Hot Water 2” pictured above.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

a mixed bag of green news


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Cultivating Thoughts on Food, Part One: Dirty Habits

This is the first of a 10-part series on how changing ones eating habits may be the most accessible and impactful way to improve the world. Since every terrestrial food item we consume originates from the soil, this is where we’ll begin.

While many of us love to get down and dirty in the garden or on the trails, you’ll find others shrieking if the brown agent comes into contact with their skin or clothes.  Regardless of ones inclinations, the simple fact remains that dirt’s a part of life.  Not only is it a part of life, but it’s one of the key ingredients necessary for life on this planet.


I’m not referring to just any dirt though; I’m talking about topsoil- the thin layer of loose soil that hosts a party of roots, decaying plant matter, water, air, earthworms, mycorrhizal fungi, minerals, and countless microorganisms.  (more…)

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