Apparently, today is National Scrabble Day. I am not sure to which nation this applies, perhaps to every one of the hundreds that play Scrabble. Personally, I think every day should be Scrabble Day, though unfortunately most people (those with weaker minds) don’t agree with me. Since Scrabble is an acquired taste for many, much like monkfish liver, Do the Green Thing has come up with these fun ideas to enjoy the game in very different ways. While part of me trembles in horror at the game being so desecrated, I must admit that these are pretty clever tips.
From the wittily titled blog, Greener Green Grass, comes a captivating post on how to make graffiti with moss. Such a brilliant idea, especially in a climate such as ours. I have often admired the prevalence of green covering everything from fences to rock walls to tree trunks (although I am sure there might be some problems associated with certain types of lichen or moss). There are some artists that make stencils and carve into the moss (or dubious substances of green origin) already growing on walls. For example, this piece I saw in Paris a few years ago:
But this was my first experience with purposefully growing moss for the creation of imagery on walls. Here is another gallery of fun images and green art ideas.
Inventive and Uplifting Art Projects by Artist Hong Yi
Thanks to Treehugger.com, I just discovered this marvelous blog by a young Malaysian architect. I was drawn in by these handwritten tags she placed on bikes all over the city of Melbourne, thanking their owners for helping the environment. This is such a clever and positive way to encourage people to embrace a greener lifestyle.
Yi’s blog (www.ohiseered.com) is filled with other imaginative projects that are truly inspiring. She painted a portrait of Yao Ming by using a basketball covered in paint. She created the image of Ai Weiwei out of thousands sunflower seeds, naturally. And, astoundingly, she has formed a likeness of Jay Chou out of painstakingly placed coffee cup stains.
Eat your heart out, Ansel Adams. A stunning reminder from Yosemite of the sublime beauty we should all endeavor to protect.