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Friday August 6, 2010 | by Lee Brooks

Glass Curiosities: Ten-foot solar-powered flower sculpture doubles as environmental tracking device

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Heliotropis, a recently-completed work by Anthony Castronovo, is perhaps atypical even in the rather rarefied genre of ten-foot tall flower sculptures, given its LED technology, solar panels, sensors for monitoring temperature, humidity, wind speed, and ground vibrations, in addition to a sensor that tracks light, allowing for the flower’s glass petals to “bloom” in the morning and for an LED light-fixture to be activated in the evening. Take that, Balloon Flower!

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Thursday July 29, 2010 | by Lee Brooks

Call for Entries: California beer brewer seeks new designs for special-edition Oktoberfest glasses

In honor of the upcoming 2010 Oktoberfest, national craft brewer Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. headquartered in Chico, California, has initiated a search for an original glass beer stein design with the Sierra Nevada logo. The winning design will be sold in a limited-edition run at the brewery gift shop, and possibly via the brewing company’s online gift shop. Officially entitled the “Ein Stein Design Vendor Search,” the company is looking for a designer with the capacity to produce a limited edition of 200-300 glass steins.

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Tuesday July 20, 2010 | by Lee Brooks

OPENING: Czech glass meets Australian ethnic music in cross-cultural collaboration

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For “Talking Glass”, an exhibition now on view through September 10 at the Czech Center New York, designer and architect Borek Sipek and didgeridoo player Ondrej Smeykal have come together to design and craft glass didgeridoos, wind instruments first crafted by indigenous people in Australia some 1,500 years ago. These instruments are not just for music, nor are they merely a design curiosity, but fall somewhere in between aesthetic function and aesthetic fascination — in an effort to catch the eye of musicians as well as artists and designers working in glass, in addition to the general public.

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