Arty Cautionary Tales Video Clips

A Love Story in Milk

In a processing plant, a male carton of milk catches the eye (label?) of the opposite sex. Their love blossoms on the shelf of a supermarket and continues to marriage at home, and is then ruined by a callous act.

This anthropomorphic love story/recycling PSA was made by British agency Catsnake for Friends of the Earth, a network of environmental organizations.

[via My Modern Metropolis]

Arty Awesomeness Inspirational Designs Weirdness

Furniture Made from Russian Deep-Sea Mines

It is said that when life gives you lemons, you should punch it in the face make lemonade (but not without a license in America as this 7-year old found out). There’s a slightly different saying in Russia, about when life gives you old weapons of war, you should make housewares.

And this exactly what 51-year-old Estonian sculptor Mati Karmin does. In the coastal zone of northern Estonia, there are reportedly loads of rusty mine shells laying around. Made in the 1950s these deep-sea mines weighed over a tonne and housed 240 kg worth of explosives and we used to destroy submarines.  Karmin re-purposes these disused hunks of metal to make very functional bits of Steampunk furniture including desks, armchairs, fireplaces, swings, aquariums, chandeliers, and even a pram.

Have a look at some of his unconventional furniture after the jump.

Video Clips

This Man Crumbles Before Your Very Eyes

I don’t know what part of the world you’re from, but nothing quite says Friday to me than men crumbling to pieces for my sheer enjoyment.

The video and website form the corporate campaign of Acconia, which according to its website is a world leader in the renewable energy sector, capable of demonstrating the technical and economic viability of a new energy model based on (the) criteria of sustainability.

Edit: I had intended to finish this post off before I left the office on Friday but promptly forgot, so here’s your opportunity to shine. Insert witty closing statement here.

[via Hecklerspray]

Arty Cautionary Tales

Plastiquarium: Colourful Plastic Fish Art by David Edgar

I’m a terrible fisherman, I have no great stories of the fish I’ve caught or the ones that got away. My only triumph of mediocrity is when I foul-hooked a very small Large Mouth Bass. And that my friends is a preamble to this – the Plastiquarium.

Using discarded plastic containers, sculptor Edgar creates a colourful menagerie of fish and other sea creatures. Given the amount of rubbish polluting the oceans (see Great Pacific Garbage Patch), Edgar believes the Plastiquarium to be an evolutionary step.

The Plastiquarium is immersed in mystery. Modern myth suggests that a century of increasing phosphate levels in Earth’s marine environment caused new, synthetic life forms to emerge. As recyclable HDPE plastic containers spread concentrates of consumer product pollutants, the Plastiquarium creatures evolved in the image of their packaging forbearers.

Have a look at some of the exotic fishes after the jump.

Inspirational Designs Science & Technology

The Awesome Power of Pee

Now this is a novel way of recharging your battery. The NoPoPo (non-pollution power) Aqua Battery runs on water. It’s also been tested with beer, apple juice, cola, saliva, and urine.


The liquid that is inserted into the base with a teat pipette reacts with a combination of magnesium and carbon to produce a charge, which can run a small handheld torch light for up to 20 hours. They can also retain their charge for 10 years, making them perfect for emergency situations, and better for the environment.

The NoPoPo battery is intended for home use, so pee-charging it in the middle of the street is not recommended.

Read more about NoPoPo at Crave – via Asylum.

Awesomeness Science & Technology

Hamster Power!

For his masters degree in industrial design, Tom Ballhatchet, 29, has developed an environmentally-friendly paper shredder that runs on hamster power. The rodent has to run flat out for 45 minutes to shred one sheet of A4 paper, but the rewards are great – the the shredded paper that falls onto the base of the cage provides fresh bedding.

The London-based design consultant said:

I wanted to come up with a product that would capture people’s imagination while addressing issues of topical concern such as climate change, recycling, and identity fraud.

Several companies have apparently expressed an interest in turning the working prototype into a full scale production.

Read the full article at the Daily Mail – via Bits & Pieces.

Arty Mindlessness

Carbon Copies – Pencils Made From the Dead

I’ve been thinking. Shocking I know but it tends to happen at times. When I die, is there some useful purpose my remains could service, aside from providing a gravestone for dogs to piss on?

Enter English product designer Nadine Jarvis and her novel idea for disposing of my dead body – making pencils out of my ashes. Using the cremated remains, or Cremains, it estimated that one adult dead body can produce 240 pencils. Now that’s value for ashes.

Javis says:

Each pencil is foil stamped with the name of the person. Only one pencil can be removed at a time, it is then sharpened back into the box causing the sharpenings to occupy the space of the used pencils. Over time the pencil box fills with sharpenings – a new ash, transforming it into an urn. The window acts as a timeline, showing you the amount of pencils left as time goes by.

There you have it. Get turned into pencils and donate them to your local library or pre-school ;)

Read more about corpse pencils at Jarvis’ web site.