RETREET redefines disaster relief by engaging communities to replant lost trees.
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.85
This week, we feature a whole host of bicycle and tree related art projects, all of which should bring a smile to your face.
Are you a fan of Monty Python? A big enough fan to attach a coconut clapping device to your bicycle so that it sounds like a trotting horse while you're riding? Yes, there is an app for that.
This 16-year-old artist uses fallen leaves as her canvases, and creates some strikingly beautiful cityscapes in paint. Her work also promotes a simple idea: we do not need to cut trees down for paper. Take a look at her inspired offerings.
PAINTING ON LEAVES (photos)
Before there were iPhones and bluetooth speakers, there were record and gramophone players. Now, thanks to the ingenuity of a couple of Dutch designers, you can turn your bike into one of the latter and rock your preferred tunes with a stroke of the pedal. Talk about a soundtrack to life!
BICYCLE THAT PLAYS RECORDS (photos)
Most of us treat cardboard as a disposable form of packaging. One artist, Evan Jospin, has given the product a profound second life. Invoking the strong and durable yet raw and impermanent qualities of the medium, which mirror those of trees, she carves intricate and dense forests by gluing several layers together and slowly excising the interior. Hers is some incredible work.
DENSE CARDBOARD FORESTS (photos)
BASTROP RETREET V February 7+8, 2015
Last weekend, 37 RETREETers from 5 different states and 2 foreign countries planted 163 trees at 33 homes in Bastrop, TX, in the wake of the 2011 wildfires, and 21 trees at Dove Springs Recreation Center in Austin, which serves an area severely affected by the Onion Creek Flood of 2013. It was an amazing effort made by a fantastic group of people.
Three weeks leading up to BASTROP RETREET V, we released a promo film that was shot by Shoot First Pictures and edited by FistCloud Productions. A moving piece that deftly showcased our ongoing efforts in Bastrop, it went a bit viral online. Give it a watch!
Aside from planting trees, RETREETers rode bikes, acquired skills, made friends, listened to live music, and enjoyed Texas history over the weekend. In partnership with TreeFolks, we hosted our third annual community event on Saturday night, February 7. Dubbed the MILLION TREE SHINDIG, it commemorated the planting of 1,000,000 pine saplings by TreeFolks and 767 hardwoods by RETREET, to date.
We want to thank all members of The communiTREE who contributed to BASTROP RETREET V, which would not have been possible without their support. These wonderful companies and organizations deserve our collective gratitude.
Can't wait to see you all on the next one. OKC RETREET is March 28+29!
View the album of BASTROP RETREET V by clicking the photo below.
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.53
The Netherlands once again leads the pack in bicycle infrastructure design, installing the first solar-powered bike lane. Dubbed the SolaRoad, the 230ft stretch is a pilot project that will eventually lead to energy collection to power street lights, traffic systems, electric cars, and even houses.
The Giving Tree turned 50 this week! Do you have childhood memories of this classic? What are your thoughts on its meaning? Click the link below to watch an animated film version produced in 1973 and featuring the voice of the author, Shel Silverstein. One of our favorites.
And finally, the Rodafonio! This Chilean cycling band contraption needs to join us on RETREET sometime, don't you think? Awesome!
SOLAR-POWERED BIKE LANE (article)
THE GIVING TREE (video)
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.44
Greetings RETREET family! We hope you had a wonderful weekend.
Before Monday hits, check out the below: a fruit map that shows you where and when to forage for food in your neighborhood, a photo collection of 15 of the world's coolest bicycles, and a video of a young Frank Zappa playing a bicycle as a musical instrument.
Enjoy! To those of you who share links with us, thanks!
FORAGING FOR FALLING FRUIT (interactive map)
15 COOL BIKES (photos)
YOUNG FRANK ZAPPA PLAYS A BICYCLE (video)
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.43
The remnants of a petrified forest protrude from the shores of Cardigan Bay off the British Coast, especially after a rough storm. Are these stumps, buried by peat thousands of years ago, Cantre'r Gwaelod, the Welsh Atlantis? The photos are fantastic.
Johnnyrandom's album "Bespoken" was crafted using sounds collected from various parts of a bicycle. How many of them do you recognize? Quite catchy tunes!
There are some amazing places to camp out there, most of which get their character and charm from the nearby trees. Some of the best in world are pictured below.
Have a great week!
PETRIFIED WELSH ATLANTIS (photo essay)
MUSIC FROM BICYCLE PARTS (music and video)
AMAZING CAMPING SPOTS (photo essay)
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.26
SS&T has reached the half-year mark! It's amazing how time flies.
We hope you enjoy this week's links. The first, a look at the potential of wooden skyscrapers, brought to you via Michael Green and TED. Then, a record player that plays slices of wood, finding music in rings of age. Finally, the JiveBike, a foldable, chainless, electric bicycle that fits under your desk. A new way to commute?
Expect some big news this week. You might have already caught glimpses and hints here and there...