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October 26, 2014

Major and Minor Miracles Of Engineering…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I love sculpture and it’s always amazing to discover the creativity that human beings can display in so many  unexpected ways.

New twists on old ideas, brilliant ideas from found materials, natural or recycled materials or with new technologies.

One huge sculpture at the Eden Project in Cornwall, England is called “WEEE Man” with the WEEE  part of it’s name standing for “Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment”.

The idea behind the sculpture is to raise awareness about the amount of waste the average human being in the western world typically uses in a lifetime.

Therefore WEEE Man is made entirely from old things that would be found any family home:  old television set, toaster, kettle, computer, keyboard, radiator, iron, refrigerator parts, electrical wiring etc and the idea is to make people think about just how much they consume and how much landfill they generate per person.

With six billion people on the planet, the idea of even replicating just this say, two billion times is a scary thought and a frightening reality.

Creativity comes in many forms, old pots have been repainted in bright colours and stacked on a central rod in the centre of picnic tables… there is information written on their sides (which I forgot to write down) and the pots spin round… so yesterdays junked pots are today’s kid amusement toys. I definitely approve.

Not all of the sculptural things on display started life as man made objects: nature also provides some sculptural exhibits of it’s own in plant form.

One of them I will liken to a dandelion flower because of it’s ball shape but being botanically challenged I can’t tell you the name. It is a purple ball of tiny flowers on a main stalk and to me it represents a minor miracle of miniature engineering, and then there are (what I think are) thistles, all spiky and rather prehistoric looking. Outside there is gigantic bee, luckily it’s  a man-made one that won’t be giving me any trouble, and inside I found a lovely leaf gate forged out of recycled materials. People may lay claim to creative genius, but we still have a long way to go before we can beat Mother Nature when it comes to engineering some of the best works of art.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

1 Comment »

  1. I think the big round flower is a variety of Allium (and therefore related to onions & garlic!)

    Comment by Carrie — October 31, 2014 @ 12:00 am | Reply


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