According to The Guardian, Brazil (and a bunch of other countries) will play this summer’s World Cup in shirts made from 100% recycled material. It may be a bandwagon, but I can’t help feeling that the more huge, trendsetting companies like Nike jump on this bandwagon, the better.
More stuff like this, please:
It’s not new, but I’ve only just come across this brilliant eco-street art intervention from São Paulo-based Imargem. Just like 6emeia and Alexandre Orion, the organization (whose name plays on the Portuguese words for ‘image’ and ‘margin’) have made the kind of street art that even the hardest of heart would struggle to call vandalism. I especially love the recycling element here.
Deck Painting IV
Deck Painting I
Brazilian born, London-based artist Alexandre da Cunha has created a new sculpture installation for the Camden Arts Centre.
Da Cunha, who is an artist in residence at the centre’s studio, creates large-scale sculptures re-using everyday objects and surplus fabrics. Judging by this article from frieze.com, it should be an interesting, provocative, show.
The exhibition runs from July 10th to September 13th, and admission is free.
Can I Live
Jua Kali is a Swahili expression for the art of crafting objects of value from the leftovers of everyday life. Literally it means ‘hot sun’, which is where the people who turn one man’s trash into another man’s treasure do most of their work.
Jua Kali is common in Brazil, too, where it’s just plain old recyclagem artesanal. And now it looks like the rest of the world is starting to catch on. Carioca design-junkie Rosana Fe has picked out a few of the finer examples of what some people are calling ‘creacycling’ here.
There’s some nice, referrential ideas like the lampshade made from burnt-out lightbulbs, and a waste paper basket made from waste paper. But I like the simple ideas best, like this easy ‘re-purposing’ of a couple of old plastic film canisters:
I’ve always found it pretty hard to get excited about recycling – especially since serious questions have started to be asked about where it all ends up – but this seems like a nice 2.0 twist.
So is Jua Kali the future of design?