Eduardo Srur has just installed an interesting piece along the Tietê River in São Paulo. This piece is made up of 30 inflatable bottles, each about 40 feet in length. The brightly coloured bottles along the shore are meant to draw attention to the pollution in the river as well as the need for all of us to think about the lasting environmental impacts of our commodity culture. What I find particularly striking about this installation is the juxtaposition of the all-too-familiar shape of the plastic beverage bottle with the polluted river water which is, of course, unsafe to drink.
My favourite Father Ted episode ever!! (YouTube has it in 3 parts)
“You don’t remember, you were wearing your blue jumper?!?”
Now that spring is here and the term is winding down, my thoughts are starting to turn to the research and writing I want to get done this summer. I was away quite a bit last summer and, although it was wonderful, I want to try and be a little closer to home this year so I can spend more time writing. I do, however, plan to head to the UK in June. There are a number of things on my list of things to do while in London, but at the top of the list is the soon-to-be-opened Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art at Kew Gardens. This will be right next to the Marianne North gallery, one of my favourite galleries of all time! Katherine Tyrrell over at Making a Mark has a wonderful post about these two spaces as well as the two remarkable women behind them, and reading that post got me even more excited about going back to Kew this June.
It is snowing like crazy here today! The forecast is calling for something like 50cm of snow in the Niagara region. I’m in hibernation mode today. It is nearly noon and I’m still in my PJs and am working on my 2nd mug of tea. I suppose I could be doing something a little more productive with my Saturday morning, but I’ve taken this opportunity to check out some new (to me!) websites and blogs.
Scott sent me the link to Vegan YumYum, a blog dedicated to vegan cooking. There are many great recipe ideas on here, and the photographs are simply stunning! This is too good not to share!
I also came upon Crafters for Critters through a link on Subversive Cross Stitch. Now I’m wishing I had thought to get some crafting supplies to play with as we wait out this storm. Oh well, I guess seeing pictures of other people’s creations is almost as much fun as making things!