July 5, 2012 |
In her last solo show at Walter Maciel Gallery, in 2008, New York artist Andrea Cohen presented two parallel bodies of work: frail, spindly, freestanding sculptures made from tree branches, vinyl and flat, cut out sheets of Styrofoam, among other odds and ends; and stout, gnarled, pedestal-mounted sculptures made by carving into a solid block of Styrofoam. The former alluded to the craggy shapes and vertical manner of Chinese landscape painting; the latter to the desk- or garden-bound tradition of the Chinese scholar rock.
HOME & GARDEN
February 5, 2011
I very much enjoyed the features on recycling ["Trash Talk," Jan. 29], an intriguing and confusing subject. I would like to know what the cost in lost revenues to the city is from the "recycling bandits," as I call them, who go through the blue bins prior to the city trucks' pickups. I find that they are a nuisance in that they at times dump recycling on the street or into the black bins while they dig to the bottom of the blue bins. In my neighborhood, where trash pickup is on Monday, the bandits steady caravan usually starts about 2 p.m. Sunday and then continues into late afternoon and evening with a little wakeup call at 5:45 a.m. Monday by the jingling of glass bottles in the purloined steel supermarket shopping cart as they make their last stand before the trucks arrive.
August 12, 2009
Cattle rustlers: An article in Tuesday's Section A about a resurgence in cattle rustling incorrectly described someone as drinking from a Styrofoam cup. Disposable foam products, such as cups and plates, are made from a different form of polystyrene than Styrofoam.
February 22, 2009
Re "A boring controversy," Feb. 16 It's sad that the residents of Rossmoor, who moved in next door to an oak woodland, can't coexist with nature. After people cleared away anything that the acorn woodpeckers could have used to store their acorns, it's not surprising that the birds used available Styrofoam window frames for that purpose. It's sad that community leaders have decided that killing these remarkable birds is a viable solution when alternatives exist. Acorn woodpeckers are intelligent and garrulous birds that live in extended family communes and work together for the survival of the group.
January 11, 2009 |
For the inauguration of a president who promised to be a friend of the environment, what would you expect but carbon-neutral inaugural balls, hybrid Lexuses, organic menus and valet bicycle parking? Political correctness will rule the day. Two Green Inaugural Balls are planned, including one featuring a green carpet made from recycled rug. Official invitations to the Jan. 20 inauguration are being printed on recycled paper. The homeless will be handed used furs.
August 29, 2007
Since katrina, many New Orleans residents have begun elevating their old houses on tall foundations to comply with new federal flood guidelines -- and to be clear of the water when the next big flood comes. But that solution seems inadequate to Elizabeth English, an engineering professor at Louisiana State University's Hurricane Center in Baton Rouge. She worries that those elevated houses will destroy the front-stoop culture that long defined the city's neighborhoods.