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Bringing Art Back to Earth

Posted on October 18, 2016 at 1:52pm by Comments Off
Bringing Art Back to Earth

Ani Himawati and I are teaming up to do a lecture on the more philosophical side of our work and the Ecobrick movement. We’ll be doing another dynamic tag team presentation at the Mabesikan Festival on October 22nd, Bali, Indonesia!
Here’s the blurb…

Art & Regenerative Philosophy

by Russell Maier & Ani Himawati
Once upon a time, art wasn’t so special. Yep, that’s […]

Team Frisboofied

Posted on October 12, 2016 at 1:08pm by Comments Off
Team Frisboofied

We just got in our custom printed Ubud Om Trooper Frisboos!  Here’s the team with the latest model of the first ever bamboo flying disc.

Thanks to My Nguyen for the photo.

Cob, bottles, Ecobricks = bench!

Posted on October 1, 2016 at 12:25pm by Comments Off

This morning we were on site with Alia Ramadhani, Soraya Cassandra, and the Setu Gintung team to continue their Adobe, Ecobrick and bottle bench!  It’s been a long while since I have worked with Adobe– and I sure miss it!

Looking good!

Bamboo Akademy Nusantara Goes Ecobricking

Posted on October 1, 2016 at 9:20am by Comments Off

Akademy Bambu Nusantara is now Ecobrick empowered.  Yesterday, we did a workshop at this amazing organic laboratory.  They hosted this training for their staff, craftsmen and the neighboring school.  They learned why it’s bad for the environment to dump their plastics in the river (as they had been doing before) and how instead how they can do so much better […]

Bamboo Pixel Project is alive at the World Innovation Forum

Posted on September 20, 2016 at 3:35pm by Comments Off
Bamboo Pixel Project is alive at the World Innovation Forum

Shine Time!  Last night we plugged in the pixels and ignited our bamboo pixel project at the Global Innovation Forum outside of Jakarta.  3 meters by 2meters and 600 bottles make a luminous wall of light for the Akademy Bambu Nisantara’s pilot Rumah Oksigen– a sample of a super low cost house made from bamboo rather than steel reinforcement.  Since […]

Our Global Innovation Forum Bamboo Installation

Posted on September 19, 2016 at 2:34pm by Comments Off
Our Global Innovation Forum Bamboo Installation

Today I am working with The Bambu Akaedemi Nusa to install their “Oxygen House” at The Global Innovation Forum just outaide of Jakarta, in South Tangerang.  The structure showcases how bamboo can be used instead of steel in reinforced concrete construction.  We’re collaborating on a 600 bottle bambo pixel installation on the front of the structure.  It’s going to be […]

Bamboo Solar Bike v3

Posted on September 18, 2016 at 9:01am by Comments Off

Working with the team from Bambu Akademi Nusa, just outside of Jakarta, we installed the micro solar circuitry today directly into the bikes frame.  Under that red cap is the USB port.  The two LED displays show the voltage level from the battery and from the rear panel array!  

Latest Solar Bamboo Bike

Posted on September 18, 2016 at 8:36am by Comments Off
Latest Solar Bamboo Bike

Wooohoo! Version 1.0 of my dream of a bamboo solar bike is rolling! It’s taken quite a lot longer than I ever imagined to bring this idea into the world, but well…. Yesterday I took it for its first ever spin! The bike is commissioned by my profoundly patient friend Kate White, crafted in the Philippines by […]

Plastic, I Love You

Posted on August 1, 2016 at 4:18pm by Comments Off
Plastic, I Love You

I’ve got good news about plastic waste! 

Around the world there is now less and less trash.

In fact, just by reading this little essay of mine, there will be a little less trash in the world. Hurray! Because, as we all know, the whales and dolphins are literally drowning in an ocean of thrown-away-plastic pollution. No matter how far we throw […]

Mandalas: Ancient Rituals, Modern Mobilizations

Posted on August 1, 2016 at 3:43pm by Comments Off
Mandalas: Ancient Rituals, Modern Mobilizations

Mandalas are an ancient and sacred art that can be found in cultures and religions around the world.  In my experience, mandalas are one of the most powerful consciousness raising tools.  A mandala can be as simple as a circle drawn in the sand, as beautiful as a cathedral rose window, or as sophisticated as a multi-terraced, kilometre wide temple […]