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Build Up Japan - 50 years Celebration of LEGO

This incredible map of Japan was made from a whopping 1.8 million Lego bricks. The project was made by over 5,000 people in over 6 regions of Japan, then the separate pieces were combined in Tokyo for an event called Build Up Japan. The map was created in celebration of 50 years of LEGO in Japan. In addition to the incredibly intricate map, the children in attendance were encouraged to create structures of how they’d like Japan to look in the future.

$100,000 Dollor Room by Hans-Peter Feldmann

The German conceptual artist Hans-Peter Feldmann was awarded the 2010 Hugo Boss Prize, a biennial award bestowed by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation for significant achievement in contemporary art. As the winner of this award Feldmann received an honorarium of $100,000. For his solo exhibition at the Guggenheim, Feldmann has tacked up the same amount to the walls in a large gallery room such that the entire space is now covered with a grid of overlapping one-dollar bills.

The Plastic Fish Tower - An Floating Recycling Center

The Plastic Fish Tower is specifically meant for the reduction of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, also known as the Eastern Pacific Garbage Patch, instead, of marine life. Floating in the Pacific between California and Hawaii, this huge accumulation of generally minute bits of the world’s plastic debris is twice the size of Texas. Ocean currents bring tons of useless plastic and other waste, creating the garbage vortex. The Plastic Fish Tower is designed to gather and recycle the plastic debris by using a circular floating barrier that creates a 1.2-mile (1-kilometer) circle around the sphere. The fence is kept at its place by the extended arms installed at the bottom. The Plastic Fish Tower has been designed and illustrated by Kim Hongseop/Cho Hyunbeom/Yoon Sunhee/Yoon Hyungsoo, eVolo.

Thrown to the Wind - A 36ft Tall Whirlwind of Garbage

Beijing-based artist Wang Zhiyuan helps us visualize what a whirlwind of trash, ascending into the air would look like in his piece entitled Thrown to the Wind. Zhiyuan's larger-than-life tornado of plastic waste, which stands 36-feet high, represents the heaps of trash that overwhelm his hometown and its surrounding environment. The gigantic trash tower really puts the overbearing toll of the waste problem into perspective. It seems cool and colorful at first, but Zhiyuan has an underlying message to evoke a discussion by garnering attention to the problem. The artist says, “I want my art to be about something bigger than me. If it wasn’t involved in society I would feel guilty.”


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