First Gorilla in the Greenhouse: Although I found this intensely annoying and barely got past the intro, it does have the virtue of being intended to help teach kids about sustainable living. It doesn’t look that far removed from morning cartoons, which I only see because sometimes my husband watches them, so I guess they’re on the right track. The little animation and interactive website tell a story about how kids can help address the problem of plastic bags, as well as generally raises their awareness of environmental issues. HT Reality Sandwich (which is a very cool site) for the link and info on this.
I also found Singing Plant on the RS site. I’m always on the lookout for nature/gardening-based conceptual art installations (I may be in a very small group here), and this one seems kind of wacky. From what I can tell, stroking some of the plants, including a sansevieria (certainly a plant that can take the punishment) and a guzmania, among other plants, cause all kinds of far-out sound and light effects to occur. I’m all for anything that gets people into their local botanical gardens, which need their attention and support. This one is in Copenhagan, but I can see something like this being the attraction for a cool party/benefit at our local gardens. And, again, fun for the kids.Posted by Elizabeth Licata on May 7, 2008 at 12:00 pm, in the category But is it Art?.