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Chaz Ganster, an artist working in New Orleans, has turned his concerns about the relationship between fossil fuels and their products, money and Gulf Coast wildlife into a set of art he dubs the Zinc Menagerie.

Ganster describes them as a "group of small sculptures made from thrown pennies and blastoid fossils. The materials represent the relationship between money and fossil fuels, the gooey money a metaphor for the oil devastating the Gulf of Mexico."

See the whole set here.

I’ve been a fan of the Fallen Princess series since the images went live last June. Recently two final images were added and they are just as captivating as the first set. One image is of Ariel from The Little Mermaid in an aquarium. When I saw the image I thought about how the oceans aren’t exactly what they were when that film was released and about how she represents something nearly extinct being sustained in captivity. There are many ways to read the image, but with the oceans becoming more acidic and certain fish populations becoming depleted, would Ariel actually enjoy an idyllic life in an aquarium that recreates what the oceans were?

Check out the website, I really like her  recreation of The Princess and The Pea story. Instead of our princess waking in a stately palace, she finds herself in a landfill. While pretty extreme, it does make one think about how dealing with our modem issues – like trash – interrupts our ideas of comfort and familiarity.

If these stories were rewritten for today would they have to accommodate global warming? And how would we retell these tales to future generations?

PS – This one is also pretty captivating, little red riding hood having McDonalds in the forest; maybe it’s a food desert forest.

Some people take out the recycling. Paho Mann digs through it for artistic inspiration.

In his ‘North Gateway Transfer Station Project,’ commissioned by the City of Phoenix, Mann visually explored the consumption habits of Arizonans by sorting through recyclables and organizing them by type and color. The result is a stunning set of images that can act as beautiful starting points for considering the resources and economics that contribute to the physical realities- the detritus- of consumption.

Mann’s other projects systematically render consumption visual- one website catalogued all of the contents of his apartment, while another photo series documents re-inhabited Circle Ks in California and Arizona. From blurry, nearly floral blobs of color comprised of recyclables to images of carnecerias and karaoke clubs that were once convenience stores, Mann’s photographs draw beauty from often ugly suburban reality.

Amal Bennett

I just saw Michael Jackson’s This Is It- an amazing film with a lot of great behind the scenes footage from Jackson’s concert tour.  I went to a matinee show this week after class and was a little surprised to find myself alone in the theatre.  But there are definitely benefits to having a “private screening.” I not only sang out loud to some classics, like “Thriller” and “Billie Jean” but I also stretched out into the aisles to practice my moon walk, spins and pelvic thrusts. The only time I paused was when the custodian walked through the movie. After he left, I started jamming again.
During the movie, I discovered that Jackson wrote an environmentally- conscious song called the “Earth Song.”  I always knew Jackson wrote socially-conscious music like “Man in the Mirror” and “We Are The World.” However, I was pleasantly surprised to here him sing about drought and deforestation.   I was puzzled that I had never heard the song but apparently the song was not initially released in America. Nevertheless, it remains Jackson’s best selling song in Britain. Jackson was definitely an inconvenient truth, 13 years back.
Check out his epic music video!!!

Photo by Ben Heine

 I found these beautiful yet scary images by Studio Lindfors of NYC and Tokyo after a (fictional) catastrophic flood.  At first they seem whimsical and silly—would humanity really let climate change get so out of control that we would need to ride gondolas through Times Square?  But then again, we’ve barely recognized what’s happening and are just beginning to try and tackle the problem…..

Hopefully it will never come to this!

Images: "Aqualta: Times Square at Night, NYC," by Studio Lindfors