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i am a self-defined Nuyorican creative (that is a Puerto Rican who is from both the isles of Manhattan, NYC and the Caribbean). I share daily in the joy of education and live in a cute port town in New York, in a 'teensy-weensy' apartment with my two dogs and canary named Valentino. Check out my Etsy shop for purchasable pieces. Please do not reproduce imagery off of this site without explicit credit and no derivatives may be made of my original imagery- Thank You.

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Earth Day Creativity Shot!************ Inspiring Artist Vik Muniz on TED Talks

Have 15 minutes??

Indulge in a creativity shot! Watch this TED talk video by Artist Vik Muniz who makes art from pretty much anything! Be it shredded paper, wire, thread, clouds, sugar or (my fave) chocolate!!

I think this is a great artist and visionary to look at on Earth day as his work inspires me to see in new ways and to look at things that I would normally disregard, and notice that these things have majestic potential.

My earth day wish and oath is that we would approach our communities and future with open eyes, a conscious heart, an active hand and a willingness to try. - Amarettogirl

Here in this video he describes the thinking behind his work and takes us on a tour of his incredible images. If you stick it out past the cotton, fluff shapes you'll me mesmerized!!

I was fortunate enough to see this Vik Muniz piece in 'real life' when it was at the MOMA:

So what do you say? After reading such negativity, deceit and hardships in the news why don't we shake our heads and open our eyes to seeing life a new. Lets try to see the beauty and potential in everything. Lets be more creative as we strive to create environmental balance and daily peace.

Lastly, let me share this phenomenal ten second exercise emailed to me today by a brilliant student W. Greenbaum,

Here is a 10 second exercise: Read then try...

Close your eyes. Inhale softly, then exhale slowly. Then open your eyes.

That moment was brought to you by the planet earth. The relative stillness provided by her gravity. The air from her atmosphere. Love and Respect her. That's all you have to do.

Happy Earth Day everyone!

3ww prompt:Deceit, Indulge, Oath

Reader Comments (11)

Happy Earth Day to you. This was a fine essay and goes toward introducing people to a new, exciting artist.

April 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThomG

that was a great vid but i have to say I loved the exercise--just what I needed

April 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpia

Happy Earth Day!!!!! This is such a cool article

April 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay

I really enjoyed this very different approach to 3WW. Thanks for showing me something new and Happy Earth Day.

April 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGillian

An excellent eco-post. you say it well.

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnthony North

Earth day.
Mother Earth wud be real happy to see such concerned kids.
Keep the gud wrk going


April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSriharsha

Cool banana's , hot potato, Earth day every day!

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersweet talking guy

Excellent post. We needed it!

gyrating on its own steam of oath

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergautami tripathy

Miss Almond Aperitif,

Wonderful message in this article. Happy Earth Day to you, as well!


PS: You're from Joisey? I'm from Joisey!

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichaelO

This was the freshest post from, the postest with the mostest!!! Love this guys work especially his chocolate people. Thank-you for the earth day shout out!

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterstainboy

Loved the art and your response to it.

April 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersusan

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