Category: Art

Student Initiative to Keep Collegetown Clean

Read the full story in the Cornell Daily Sun.

Cornell’s Sustainability Hub is trying to keep  the streets of Collegetown clean through their waste reduction project Collegetown ART (Art, Recycling, and Trash cans).  The student-run project started with Chelsea Clarke ’10 and Whitney Larsen ’10. They have  installed two new pairs of trash receptacles brightly decorated with local art on College Avenue and Dryden Road.   The new receptacles have clearly labeled recycling and trash units to help reduce litter and promote proper waste disposal practices in C-town.

Conference Lanyard Bag

Read the full story from Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories. I love projects like this.

Conference lanyards are often made of nice sturdy woven webbing. They seem like they ought to have plenty of uses, like replacement shoelaces or camera straps. After enough conferences, they start to look like an awful lot of raw material. Even enough to make a bag.

For the love of Golden Books

OK, this is perhaps the coolest example of altered book art and upcycling I’ve ever seen. It’s a storybook gown constructed entirely out of recycled and discarded children’s Golden Books. Click here to view the pictures. It’s completely stunning.

From the description:

The skirt is comprised entirely of the illustrations from the books sewn together with metallic gold thread, and the bodice is made from the books’ foil spines. Both the bodice and skirt have tape backing for reinforcement.

Tip of the Cubs cap to Rae-Anne Montague for posting the link on Facebook.

Announcing the U.S. EPA’s Green and Healthy Schools Art Challenge — Deadline April 15th

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 invites 6th-8th students in IL, IN, MI, MN, OH and WI to participate in the “Green and Healthy Schools Art Challenge.” The contest asks students to draw or design “what makes their school green and healthy or what could make their school green and healthy.”

In addition to getting middle-school students to think about what makes a school green and healthy, the drawings will be educational for EPA, teachers and parents as they will show us what our children think about environmental protection and environmental health and safety in the school environment.

A winner from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin will be chosen based on the most creative and representative drawings/design of green schools and featured on EPA’s website. Winners will receive a plaque and other prizes. A certificate will be awarded to each student who enters.

Follow these simple rules to participate in the challenge:

  • Middle school entries only (6-8 grade)
  • Entries must be no larger than 11×17 on either paper or canvas.
  • Artwork containing the following will not be accepted: glitter, magazine or newspaper clippings, copyrighted images (e.g., cartoon characters)
  • Entries can be either a drawing of green school features or a design of a green school building.
  • Please indicate student’s first and last name on the back of each entry. (Attention teachers or youth groups: If you submit a multiple entries from your school or organization, please write the name of the organization along with the students first and last name on the back of the poster.)

Entries should be sent to:
Megan Gavin
U.S. EPA Region 5
77 W. Jackson Blvd. (AT-18J)
Chicago, IL 60604

All entries must be received by EPA no later than Friday, April 15, 2011. EPA encourages entrants to use recycled paper and packaging.

For additional information please contact Megan Gavin, 312-353-5282, or Ameshia Cross, 312-353-8242, or visit

NOTE: Due to the large volume of entries expected, entries cannot be returned to students or their teachers. All entries become the property of EPA and may be used for publication or display. Artwork may be modified for reproduction purposes.

Computer Parts Robot

Read the full post and see the pictures at Total Geekdom.

It’s alive! Well, it’s technically not really alive. Nor is it a robot in the sense that it performs some function or task. He pretty much just hangs out, making awesome robot faces.

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