Here at kinder MODERN we're always intrigued by artists who share our love of design and our love of sustainability. One of our favorite artists and designers, Tattfoo Tan, has developed an incredible initiative called "S.O.S" (Sustainable. Organics. Stewardship.), a practical manifestation of his ongoing exploration into green ethics, the sociological impacts of big agriculture, and design aesthetics. His S.O.S. Mobile Gardens combat waste and the scarcity of city growing space. Tattfoo repurposes found objects, such as discarded suitcases, strollers, and shopping carts, and transforms them into mobile gardens for fruits and vegetables. This transformation creates an interesting juxtaposition between the food we eat and the objects we consider garbage, creating space to discuss important questions about food and urban life and, hopefully, serving as a catalyst for change. Read more about Tattfoo and all his projects on his website.
Tattfoo's NEAKA (New Earth Apocalypse Knowledge Advancement) is also part of FOODshed, an exhibition of artists who work with food and agriculture, this summer at Smack Mellon Gallery in DUMBO. This amazing exhibit is only on display through July 27, 2014, so be sure to check it out this week!
Looking for a cool place to see sustainable urban planning and renewal in action with your little ones? Check out Freshkills Park on Staten Island. The largest park project in NYC in over a century, it's built on the sight of a former landfill and future plans include the development of sustainable energy and restoration of natural wetland ecosystems. Although the park is still under construction in many places, Schmul Playground and Owl Hollow Fields offer plenty of room to run and play while supporting this important endeavor in sustainability.