RETREET redefines disaster relief by engaging communities to replant lost trees.
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.105
The magical creations of Scottish artist Andy Goldsworthy have mesmerized us for many years. This week, we came across a collection of some of his natural wonders that is definitely worth sharing. Who knew you could do so much with just leaves and sticks?
THE ART OF ANDY GOLDSWORTHY (photo essay)
Retrofitting old airplanes to turn them into carpet tree bombers: there's an idea we can get behind. An experienced forester can plant 1,000 saplings in a day. And the plane? 900,000. We'd love to see this in action.
AERIAL REFORESTATION (video)
Looking for a new ride? Not sure where to go and what to ask? Check out this post about buying a new bicycle, in which all of your most embarrassing questions are answered. Happy shopping!
BIKE SHOP QUESTIONS (article)
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.94
As 2015 draws to a close, we thought it a perfect moment to present this collection of the 10 most beautiful bikes of the year. We sure would love to add some of these to the RETREET stable!
10 MOST BEAUTIFUL BIKE OF 2015 (photo essay)
New bike day always brings a smile to the face. In Shaq's case, the man, the smile, and the bike are all huge. Check out this video of him riding around his new custom steed.
SHAQ GETS A NEW BIKE (video)
Native Americans used ropes to bend trees in strange ways, creating signs that denoted places of geographical importance, like shelter and water. Recently, a movement has begun to identify and preserve those that remain. Arborilogical archeology!
PRESERVING INDIAN MARKER TREES (article)
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.92
A 1,400-year-old ginkgo tree in China has been making quite a scene this fall. Thousands of people have flocked to the site of a glorious ocean of yellow leaves raining down upon a Buddhist temple. These are some stunning images.
YELLOW LEAVES RAIN ON BUDDHIST TEMPLE (photos)
Next year, construction begins on The Copenhagen Gate, a bicycle bridge that's suspended 213 feet above water and connects two high rise buildings. The most interesting feature is the midpoint connection of the two protrusions, where the bridge appears broken. Check out this odd design.
THE COPENHAGEN BRIDGE (photos)
Have you ever seen The Blue Trees? An ongoing project of artist Konstantin Dimopoulos, it raises the level of social consciousness about the importance of trees by using nontoxic paint to change their color, making their irregularity impossible to ignore. We really like this.
THE BLUE TREES (video)
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.69
We all love bicycles, but the folks BBC Autos spent some time compiling a list of the 10 bicycles that most tickle their fancy. How do you feel about their particular selections? Any you would swap out?
10 MOST BEAUTIFUL BICYCLES (slideshow)
Do you love classic Disney films and trees? This video is for you. Walt Disney takes us into the studio to show us how four of his most famous artists illustrated his best-known films, then leads the whole group into a field where we see all of them paint the same tree in their signature styles. Love it.
4 DISNEY ARTISTS PAINT 1 TREE (short film)
The Korean government has constructed a bike trail from Daejeon to Sejong, two cities about 2-3 hours south of the capital, Seoul. Not only is the trail shaded, it generates solar power!
KOREAN SOLAR BIKE TRAIL (drone footage)
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.55
NASA recently announced plans to use a laser system originally designed for the International Space Station to create a 3D map Earth's forests in an effort to better understand and quantify their degradation over time. Super cool.
Another amazing technological advance has been proposed by Austrian designer Kristof Retezar. The Fontus is a bicycle bottle system that collects water from the humidity in the air as you ride. Imagine having that during a long ride through the desert!
Earlier this year, the Metropolitan Museum of Art released a vast archive of 400,000 mostly high resolution digital images for public use. What a treasure trove! We searched through their digital archive and found some fantastic paintings and drawings of trees that we had to share. Check out the link below to the album we created, and feel free to use the images at will for any non-commercial purpose!
3D MAPPING FORESTS WITH SPACE LASERS (article)
COLLECTING WATER FROM THE AIR (article)
TREE IMAGES FROM THE MET (photos)
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.41
Congratulations to the riders of the 2014 STIHL Tour des Trees, who just completed their epic 585-mile week-long ride across Wisconsin! These amazing folks raised a total of $473,883 this year in support of urban tree research and education grants. Their grit, determination, expertise, and passion are qualities we are thankful to regularly welcome on RETREET. Hope to see more of you this coming fall!
Take a look at 16 of the most magnificent trees in the world in a series of stunning photos. Have been lucky enough to see any of them in person? Which is your favorite?
Finally, The FLIZ seems like a return to some of the first iterations of what became the modern bicycles we all know and love. Lacking pedals, it resembles running with wheels. Would you give it a spin?
2014 STIHL Tour des Trees
16 Most Beautiful Trees in the World
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.18
102-year-old Robert Marchand astounded the crowd that gathered in Montigny-le-Bretoneux, France, to watch him beat his own centenarian record by riding 16.7 miles in an hour. What a beast!
Speaking of 102-years-old, that's the same age as the SS Ayrfield, a transport ship used in WWII that is now home to a floating forest in Homebush Bay, Australia. Beautiful!
If you think that's cool, check out the nearly 1,400 acre forest Jadav Payeng of India planted over 34 years in his community, a few saplings every day. Now home to wild elephants, rhinos, tigers, and deer, not only is the forest named after Jadav, it has earned him the official title "Forest Man of India."