Terrafugia Transition: A Flying Car!

Move over Jetsons, the Transition is here!  Terrafugia’s award-winning MIT-trained engineers have been advancing the state-of-the-art in personal aircraft since 2006.  Streamline your flying experience with the revolutionary integration of personal land and air travel made possible by the Transition® Roadable Aircraft.  The Transition® has the advantage of modern engines, composite materials, and computer-based avionics and is therefore superior to many past failed attempts at “flying cars.”  Terrafugia’s philosophy is to design a vehicle for pilots that brings additional ground capability to an airplane instead of attempting to make a car fly.
Here is the cockpit of your new “flying car.”
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The Transition® combines the unique convenience of being able to fold its wings with the ability to drive on any surface road in a modern personal airplane platform. Stowing the wings for road use and deploying them for flight at the airport is activated from inside the cockpit. This unique functionality addresses head-on the issues faced by today’s Private and Sport Pilots.
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Eco Art from Plastic Toy Pieces to Styrofoam Packaging

Eco Art is not just another approach to art, but also a way to spread the message of recycling to viewers.  It  goes to prove  that anything can be made into art with a bit of effort and creativity.  Recycled art is all the rage, and plastic makes a great base  for the basis of sculpture: it’s tough, comes in every colour of the rainbow and takes so long to biograde that the benefits of recycling this material score high points.

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Artist Robert Bradford is using discarded plastic toys to full effect.  He likes to use materials that have some kind of history of weathering or use. “One day about four years ago out in the studio I was looking into my children’s box of outgrown / discarded toys which happened to be stored in the same building and responded to the random collection of colours shapes and forms they made. I figured that if I could find a way of putting them together to constitute a larger form they would have great potential as larger scale sculpture.”   The toys also provide a moving history of fads and fashions as they pass through the media, become  temporarily significant and are then forgotten. Continue Reading…

Modern Architecture: Create Patterns and Images on Concrete

Being a big lover of texture and concrete, I was inspired when I came across a new resource:  Graphic Concrete™.    They create patterns and images on a concrete surface.  
Graphic Concrete offers prefabrication companies a unique possibility to manufacture patterned concrete surfaces, and the possibilities seem endless.  The result is high quality  modern architecture that is cost efficient.

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Graphic Concrete™ is based on a patented invention by interior architect Samuli Naamanka. 
You can design a pattern of your own (GCPro™) or use one from the GCCollection™.
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Art du Monde San Francisco part 3: The Marin Show

The 27th annual Marin Show: Art of the Americas is the third anchor of the Art du Monde show in San Francisco.  This show will be at the Marin Center Feburary 26 &27.  California has become the most substantive and extensive showcase focusing on the indigenous arts from across North, Central and South America.   Here is a peek at a few of the 200 dealers that will be at the show with representations from their online galleries.

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Frank Coburn (1862 - 1938) Chief Calf Child, Blackfoot Tribe Oil on Board 14" x 10"

KR Martindale Gallery

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Two Kachinas from the 1930-40's. KOKOPELLI as the ASSASIN FLY KATSINA, Height 7 1/4 inches.

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Art du Monde San Francisco Part 2: Tribal & Textile Arts Show

Another anchor event in the second annual Art du Monde  is the San Francisco Tribal & Textile Arts Show,  heralded as the best Tribal Art show in world. Each year, this anticipated Caskey Lees event brings together an impressive living history of global culture, including ethnographic sculptures, textiles and accessories. Collectors, designers and art lovers the world over attend this show to see what’s new on the market and to find out where collecting trends are going. A peek at a few of the galleries that will be representing there…

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Pende Mask

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Art du Monde San Francisco Part 1: Arts of Pacific Asia

The second annual Arte Du Monde arts week runs February 4-13, 2011, and is a call to action,  as well as a celebration, for the Bay Area’s influential cultural arts scene. An international destination for the arts, San Francisco and the surrounding area host numerous festivals, exhibitions and performances throughout the year but this is a special week.  Arte Du Monde SF is an opportunity to participate in the vibrant arts environment, and to visit new art fairs, galleries, museums or performances.

Drum Table Japan. 19th century. 29'' x 33'' - 74cms x 84cms. Brant Asian Art

One of the three anchoring events on the waterfront in San Francisco’s historic Fort Mason Center is the San Francisco Arts of Pacific Asia Show, which brings  more than 10,000 exquisite antiques, textiles and art  from Pacific Asia to the West Coast. This event, the oldest and largest vetted exhibtion in the United States, attracts Asian art specialists from Asia, Europe and North America. Spanning more than 2000 years of Asian arts, culture and history, this art fair is considered the most respected showing of authentic works by collectors the world over.

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A Sunnyo Lee and Dong Phan Collaboration: ‘Love and Compassion’. Sandra Lee Gallery

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