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Blog Archive February 2011

Monday, February 21, 2011

The Invisible Man...Hiding in the City

The following excerpts were taken from an exclusive interview with Lui Bolin, for Yatzer.

Chinese artist Lui Bolin, known by the international media as the ‘Invisible Man’, explores the ideas behind his ‘Hiding in the City’ project (HITC), his political stance on Chinese society and culture and his artistic practices.  The ‘Invisible Man’, in his own fascinating way, comments and reflects on China’s rapid development and its meaning in today’s modern artistic expressions.

Lui Bolin, holds a B.A. from Shandong University of Arts, and an M.F.A. from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and he currently lives and works in Beijing.


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Treehotel - eco luxury on the Arctic Rim

Many hotels around the world offer guests the chance to get closer to nature, but only this one, in the forests of Swedish Lapland, lets them disappear within it.

Treehotel is an eco based boutique design hotel located just outside Harads, a small town just 60km from the Arctic Circle.

Think abstract luxury tree house.

Drawn by Sweden’s best architects, a series of unique rooms including a giant birds nest, a mirror cube and a UFO sit high above the ground as a series of suspended sculptures. Each tree house is unique and there are plans to build another 20 over the next five years.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

View from a birds wing

In my mid twenties I learnt to fly. I know, it kinda makes sense, being top mama bird an‘ all.....but truly, it was something I’d always wanted to do......to soar through the skies, free as a bird, with the wind in my face and my feathers ruffled. No machinery, no noise, just me and an inflatable wing.

So the opportunity arose, whilst I was travelling in India in 2000, to tandem paraglide in the hills west of Pune. Spiralling in the lift bands of rising air at the edge of the range, as the sun set. I was hooked. Instantly. Just magical.

Later that year I learned to fly solo, and on arriving in Australia, I retrained to get my Australian paragliding pilots license. For a few years I travelled around to flying sites along the east coast in my spare time. The highlight, and my longest solo flight was near Manila in rural NSW, where I flew up to 6000ft above the earth, and with just the power of nature flew 30km’s across the countryside. I shared a good part of the journey with a wedgetail eagle. It flew in the slipstream created by my paraglider and terrified the living daylight out of me....its claws a constant threat to deflating my wing.

The earth looks so very different up there. You get a whole new perspective on the lay of the land.

So when I saw these divine aerial photographs by Dutch photographer Gerco de Ruijter it brought back lots of lovely birdy flying high memories.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

An edible revolution

Slim striped eggplant, fat purple eggplant, green tomatoes, flares of bright yellow sunflower, corn coming into cob and kale... what has happened to Sydney's Town Hall Square?

To put it simply, the farm has come to town... or the garden, at least. Where there was once only paving, passers-by glance, realise that this is no ordinary garden, then stop to look at the edibles that have invaded the Square.

Over the coming weeks fresh produce will ripen before city workers’ eyes, including tomatoes, eggplants, capsicums, sunflowers, lettuce and silver beet.

The display is part of this season's City of Sydney Living Colour display which can be seen in the city's squares. Themed ‘green living’, the display celebrates community gardens and embraces new ideas to help residents and businesses adopt sustainable practices by reducing carbon emissions, water and energy used when delivering food from growers to shoppers. In Australia, the food supply chain produces 23 percent of Australia’s total greenhouse gas emissions - that includes direct emissions from agriculture and emissions generated from energy, transport, food production, processing and distribution.

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