I hope everyone had an excellent weekend. Don't tell my worried mother, but on Saturday I attended a dinner party where I sat next to a couple (and their dog) who had just fled Mexico City due to swine flu. Needless to say, pork was not served and conversation was polite and non-epidemic focused. 

Also, I've noticed (via HuffPo Green) that after the unfortunate vandalism of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Composter, The Brooklyn Paper's Gersh Kuntzman is claiming he broke the story about the existence of worm-filled fixture with a literary pedigree. Ahem. 

Anyways, here’s something light to start off the first week of May:

Eighty recycled shopping bags were turned into striking outdoor lamps for a fleeting (1 hour and 20 minutes!) art installation on the grounds of the Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain. The installation called “A Cloud of Bags Visit the Prado” was made all the more eye-catching thanks to a light breeze that made the bags dance in the wind, according to Luzinterruptus. The whole thing went down at dawn —  a bunch of plastic shopping bags stuck to long, skinny stakes would look kind of hideous in broad daylight, I suppose.

I’m all for innovative ways to incorporate recycled objects into garden fixtures, but I’m guessing I won’t be seeing shopping bag patio lighting at too many BBQs this summer. Still, a pretty cool reminder that trash can indeed be made into treasure (with perfect natural lighting and the right amount of wind) even if it’s only for 80 minutes in the very early morning at an art museum in Spain. 

Via [Luzinterruptus] via [Curbly]


Photos: Gustavo Sanabria 

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Upcycled outdoor lighting gets artsy
Like that “beautiful” scene in 'American Beauty' of a plastic bag dancing in the wind? Then you'll love this Spanish art installation.