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How cool is this project by Swedish artist Michael Johansson?! Using discarded objects like old washing machines, shelves, cars, computers and anything else he comes across, Johansson creates Tetris-like installations in small urban spaces. This could be the empty space between buildings, under steps and garages.

To create these fun art installations he must work around and with the physical limitations of the space available.

Speaking to PINCH magazine, Johansson said:

"These irregularities, or coincidences, are a great source of inspiration for me. I have also as long as I can remember been fascinated by flea markets. And in specific a fascination by walking around to find doubles of seemingly unique, though often useless objects I have already purchased at another flea market. There is something irresistible in the knowledge that if you don't buy that particular object right away, the opportunity might never come back. I think the same rules compelling me to select things at flea markets are also central to my art practice, that you need to combine something very familiar with something very unique to create an interesting art experience."

We love it. Wonder if he would consider bringing his Tetris art to London?

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Click below to see more examples of his work:

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Remember when Ai Weiwei took over parts of Tate Modern's Turbine Hall and covered it in millions of hand-crafted porcelain sunflower seeds? Now the Chinese artist has created another art installation which pays homage to the bike, the principal means of transportation in China.

Stacked, as it is called, features 760 - you guessed it - stacked bikes, that form a structure which can be viewed at a distance or by walking within it.

Unfortunately for us Brits, the installation is to be found in Italy, in the Galleria Continua in the Tuscan city San Gimignano to be more precise. So if you want to see it, you'd best book tickets now. It is on show until 16 February 2013.

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How spectacular are these photographs of conceptual artist Rune Guneriussen?!

The Norwegian artist creates his art installations by taking everyday objects, such as chairs and lamps out in the magical - almost haunting - Norwegian nature.

We wouldn't be surprised if we could see a couple of trolls lurking in the background...

Check out the complete collection on Rune Guneriussen's website.

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This is a great piece of environmental awareness art! Rubbish Duck appeared on our radar this morning as Camden Lock Market shared a spotted photo on Facebook. Making its way down the Regent's Canal, Rubbish Duck 'symbolises the disregard towards the local environment' while drawing 'attention to a larger problem plastic pollution causes globally'.

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The brainchild of Ferdinand Povel and Essi Salonen, Rubbish Duck was created using 2,000 plastic bottles picked up from the Thames and Regent's Canal and has been floating on the canal since July.

The project works closely with environmental charity Thames21, which organises clean up events of waterways. The bottles for Rubbish Duck were collected with the help of these clean ups and the participating volunteers.

London's canals and rivers are fantastic public spaces, and it is a shame to see all the rubbish floating there at all times. It is great that someone has made the effort to visualise the sheer volume of the environmental nastiness that is threatening local wildlife through art, and in such a fitting form: the bath ducky.

While UK artist Damian Hirst relies on little human helpers to assist him in creating his well-known dot artworks, Canadian multi-media artist Aganetha Dyck employ bees to create organic art.

Aganetha has been working with honeybees to create sculptures and drawings for over 20 years, the result being swirling honey comb sculptures and sweet drawings. Through her work, Aganetha - who is interested in environmental issues, specifically the power of the small - addresses language and communication between humans and other species, particularly bees.

Her research also asks questions about the ramifications all living beings would experience should honeybees disappear from the earth.

What do you think, is it the bee's knees?

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Green graffiti - It's all in the mossage

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We've previously written about 'reverse graffiti' and 'living billboards', and we're familiar with 'guerilla gardening' and 'knit graffiti' but have you heard of moss graffiti? The latest in street art projects aiming to enrich derelict urban spaces is cleverly named Mossenger and is the brainchild of London-based artist Anna Garforth.

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Anna's project uses biodegradable ingredients to attach moss letters to walls to spell out poems. How wonderful isn't that? The poem you can see on these pictures are by Eleanor Stevens and will be featured in four parts - each sentence is to be displayed somewhere in London.

Have you spotted any other green street art projects where you live?
If you see Anna's work when you're out and about in London tweet us @Hippyshopper as we'd love to see more!

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mygreen_lay.jpgThe last few decades have been dominated by urbanisation, digitalisation and an admiration for consumption. These days, you'll find a growing number of counter-movements springing up that advocating for a more sustainable and responsible way of dealing with our environment and bringing nature back to our cities.

My Green City - Back to Nature with Attitude and Style (Gestalten, £35.00) is a compilation of the ideas and projects from around the world that are promoting a more environmentally friendly lifestyle - from urban farming initiatives and architectural visions that are changing our cities, to furniture and other everyday objects that can make our streets and homes greener.

Among the many inspirational projects included in this book, some of our favourites are: Vacant Lot allotment garden by What if: projects (Shoreditch, London May 2007) which took use of vacant and unloved city spaces and turned them into temporary allotment gardens; the Ann Demeulemeester shop in Seoul, Korea by Mass Studies which is covered in grass on the exterior surfaces; the many varieties of seed bombs - the munitions of guerrilla gardeners in the fight against the neglect of public spaces. In fact, there are far too many great eco-friendly ideas to mention!

We liked the book so much that we have teamed up with Gestalten to give one lucky Hippyshopper reader the chance to add 'My Green City' to their book collection.

TO ENTER

To enter the competition simply Like Hippyshopper's Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/Hippyshopper and leave us a comment below telling us which city in the world you think is greenest and why. We'll pick the winner based on our favourite message, so don't be shy!

COMPETITION CONDITIONS

- Competition closes on Friday 27th May 2011 at 23:59.

- Only Hippyshopper Facebook page fans will be eligible to win the prize.

Green art: Reverse Graffiti

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It's always great to come across unusual and inspiring green art projects. Have you ever heard of "reverse graffiti"? Neither had we until recently.

Reverse graffiti is when you take filthy, moss covered surfaces and wipe away the dirt to create amazing green artworks.

UK artist Paul Curtis, or Moose as he calls himself, is a reverse graffiti artist. It involves no paint. No defacing. Moose makes his art by cleaning; removing the evils of dirt and pollution by wiping it away.

Below are a few examples of Moose's work. Looking at makes us want to invest in some cloths and a bucket to fill with water and head out in the London streets.

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Environmental artist Ha Schult has installed his army of one thousand life sized trash people in the Arctic at Longyearbyen, Svalbard.

The German artist has travelled the world with his sculptures made of discarded materials since 1996 and has been below the La Défense arch in Paris, in the aptly named Piazza del Popolo (the people's square) in Rome, by the pyramids of Giza and now the freezing conditions of the Arctic.

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Images: top - www.lokalstyre.no / all others www.haschult.de

Old milk cartons, used party poppers and empty drinks cans sound to me like a list of things to rinse, sort and put in the correctly coloured bins with no thought to how they might be reincarnated.

Well, apparently there is an art to recycling, and these objects have been used to make some the most interesting and individual art around. Recycled art tends to be commission based because of its unique nature, and is the perfect way to be green whilst getting your hands on a one-off work of art. See our gallery to discover recycling in a new light, and to find out the true meaning of one man's trash being another man's treasure...

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michael-jackson-earth-song.jpgMichael Jackson was always a big fan of 'healing the world' so it may not come as a big surprise to hear that that the singer was on the verge of releasing a new song that warned about climate change before his sad death on Friday.

The as yet unnamed song, which the singer was said to have been composing two days before his death, is just part of a library of 'secret tunes', now set to be released posthumously.

worthless-exhibition.jpgIf you're half the hoarder of junk that I am, you'll be excited to hear about a event coming up in London's Seven Dials next week. From the 22nd to the 29th of May, arts organisation Pollocks will be hosting a live art installation where they'll turn your old rubbish into works of art!

Read on for details

glittermouse-montage.jpgI don't think I'll ever tire of clever and creative re-use ideas, and there are plenty of those to be found in the work of Annabeth Orton aka Glittermouse, who works with reused glass and tin to bring you richly decorated items which brighten and enhance interiors in a sustainably aware way.

Mouse, a selection of whose work you can see in the image above, is so committed to the idea of reusing discarded items that she's even been known to 'rescue' items such as discarded bottles and glasses from the streets in the aftermath of a Saturday night!

Read on over the jump to find out more about Glittermouse's work

Related: The art of upcycling: junky jewellery for spring | Remarkable recycled art by Robert Bradford

gok-wan.jpgHow to look good naked is coming back to our screens later on in the year, so get ready for a fresh crop of 'bangers', bums, thighs and tummies - all enjoying their moment in the limelight thanks to the help and encouragement of stylist Gok Wan.

In the same spirit as many of his fashion contemporaries, Gok is coming over all green at the moment, and would love the chance to work his magic on a clean-living, eco counscious individual who's looking for a body confidence makeover.


Interested? Details on how to apply are after the jump.

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On Sunday 15th March participating Vue cinemas across the country will be screening The Age of Stupid; a post-apocalyptic tale set in 2055, after the world has been devastated by climate change.

Kicking off at 5:30pm, there will be a live satellite feed from the green carpet in London's Leicester Square where the film will be shown in a solar cinema tent. Oscar nominated Pete Postlethwaite, who stars in The Age of Stupid, will be arriving by a special solar car provided by Cambridge University's Eco Racing Team. Vue customers will be shown the arrivals as well as a post-film Q&A session, creating a "People's Premiere" experience. The event will also support "Not Stupid"; a campaign to build awareness around climate change that has been established by the film's director Franny Armstrong.

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