Human Flower Project
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Powerless in Kentucky
An ice storm Tuesday, and continuing winter weather, have brought the most extensive power outages in the history of Kentucky. With loved ones, wine, and camera, Allen Bush soldiers on.
A holly tree wears a suit of ice in Louisville, Kentucky;
172,000 houses are still without electricity there
Photo: Allen Bush
By Allen Bush
Rose and I were surprised we had power during the first twenty-four hours of the storm. But it was just a matter of time. Tuesday evening, twelve hours into snow and then – much worse – freezing rain, the power started going out around town. My neighbor, Lenny Lyles, likes to say our little piece of the power grid goes dark whenever a squirrel farts. They seldom lose electricity on the other side of the street. (I was warned in junior high school my lot would be the dark side of the street.) Remnants of hurricanes and head-on tornadoes had knocked-out power before. Hurricane Ike still packed a punch for the Ohio Valley and knocked-out power for a week last September) I was often jealous of my neighbors across the street. The Louisville Gas and Electric representative has argued before that we have more squirrels shorting out lines on our critter friendly side of the street. Lenny was right.
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Friday, January 30, 2009
Dole Won’t Bring You Flowers Anymore
The produce giant has sold its flower division, until now the biggest importer of flowers to North America.
Dole Fresh Flowers, offices and distribution center
Dole, which has been the largest importer of flowers to North America and the largest producer of cut flowers in Latin America, has sold its flower interests.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Inauguration Flattens the Ripley Garden
History-making crowds at the Obama inauguration mean the Smithsonian’s garden must begin again.
Rohdea, crushed in the Ripley Garden, Washington, D.C.
Photo: Courtesy of Janet Draper
Since transparency is a pledge of the incoming Obama administration, we won’t flinch from disclosing a sad outcome of his mobbed inauguration.
In all the exuberance, the Smithsonian’s Ripley Garden was trampled. With a beautiful (and educational) collection of more than 200 plants, some of them extremely rare, the Ripley sits between the Hirschhorn Museum and the Arts and Industries Building, on the south side of the National Mall. It’s a mere mile from the steps of the U.S. Capitol, where Obama took the oath of office – before an estimated 2 million supporters. Just consider this, all of you who garden near elementary schools!
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Are You Game for ‘Flower’?
A new online game mixes environmentalism with animation with a sedentary play on petals. Is it mind expanding or sleep inducing?
Screenshot from “Flower”
Late last year we got wind of “Flower,” a new online game. This is a topic that for many reasons makes us recoil, but today we dared to look.
Animated petals swirl across a landscape. They course along gloomy stone ridges, fall into canyons, and breeze through fields with smokesacks in the distance. Suddenly, you have a hyacinth’s eye view of a hillside, or a circlet of yellow lights, like gold-dust, will twinkle into bloom around the base of a bare tree. It’s Andy Goldsworthy meets Fantasia to “follow the bouncing ball.”
Flower’s creators, an oufit of youngsters who call themselves thatgamecompany, also made “Cloud,” a game that likewise seems intent on blowing through categorizations of art, game, consciousness-raising, and self-hypnosis. Shuddering, semi-classical tone-poem-type music and surfy whooshes provide the sound track.