Hottest new designers of Brazil, Argentina and Peru

alessa-migani_1858-profileAlessandra Migani is a founder of Brazilian designer label Alessa and is a very promising fashion designer. She worked mainly for the local market and wasn’t aimed at international markets until she received a call. The Brazilian clothing and textile association wanted to show the collection of Alessandra Migani at Madrid’s trade show. Now she shows her collections at Rio de Janeiro’s fashion week, Fashion Rio. Her clothes are purchased in 30+ countries of the world.

maxresdefaultUpon the whole, the Brazilian designers do not look for international fame, as they are satisfied with huge international market. However, a promising new star Lucas Nascimento, a Brazilian-born artist, is now based in London. He is able to create impeccable forms and silhouettes and his potential is highly assessed by the fashion critics.

fotoThe first eponymous line of Andrea Marques was launched in 2007. Since then she has earned over 30 stocklists in Brazil. She creates cosmopolitan designs for independent fashion-minded people who live in Paris, New York and Milan. Therefore, her global potential is highly assessed.

Julia Valle is one of the most promising Brazilian designers who was invited to join the Rio Moda Hype and collaborated with a range of established Brazilian brands (Redley, Faven and Printing).

0e64db6529a041b53d90af6d5c234aa2f38801c6Pedro Lourenço is a Brazilian designer who is most likely to achieve international success. His collection was presented at Paris Fashion Week 5 years ago, he also received critics’ positive acclaim from and Daily Telegraph.

Pablo+Ramirez+ztf49Vpc3S8mIn Argentina, big international fame belongs to Pablo Ramirez. He is considered one of the best designer of Argentina. His extravagant classic style is superb! His designs are known for simplicity, reminding of timeless beauty of vintage Balenciaga. When you buy an item from Ramirez’s you can wear it through the changing seasons and trends.

jessica-trosman_994-profileJessica Trosman studied in USA for 2 years but then she returned to Argentina. She says that street is her best school. Jessica is designing for her label Trosman and looks at fashion as the way to communicate with people. Her collections do not have a theme. This is a way to show her passion and vision.

Argentina designer Martín Churba creates futuristic, modern designs and has many fans among the Japanese. He even opened a store in Tokyo. Delightfully colored nature of his collections attracts the attention. His designs stand out; they are aesthetically interesting and desirable.

IMG_2889_3It is also worth noting powerful and unique outfits of Min Agostini. You can find exciting structures in her collections, which are explained by her background in architecture.

Benito Fernández offers colorful and creative collections, which look great on photos. No matter what he creates haute couture or jeans, his designs exude style, color and sparkle!

Though it is hard to refer these names to the list of new designers, it is still worth noting such designers as Agostina Bianchi, Daniela Sartori, Marina Dappiano who received the Argentine Chamber of Fashion’s prestigious “Silver Scissors” Award, Fabian Zitta though these names can’t be considered new names on Argentina fashion arena. Zitta’s designs were purchased by P!nk, Katie Holmes and Elena Roger. Francis Ford Coppola applied Francis Ford Coppola for costumes of his film.

As for Peruvian designers, collections of Claudia Jimenez are incredibly beautiful! She offers exclusive design of highest quality. Claudia Jimenez creates haute couture, pret-a-porte, wedding gowns for brides, along with accessories bags, shoes, jewelry and belts.


Top-5 Books on Motherhood

Good advice is worth a lot. If you think that you are a lousy parent because you can’t find time for everything, the books in the list below will help you relax. If you want to overcome numerous problems and challenges motherhood brings easily, you should learn how others dealt with them.

Overwhelmed: How to Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time is a fascinating book written by Brigid Schulte, an award-winning journalist for Washington Post and Washington Post magazine. She is also a mother of two children. The narrative is charmingly honest and comprehensive. She does not provide only practical tips but brings up philosophical issues, as well. She draws the line between purpose-driven experience and being bogged down in the daily routine. Life becomes insanely busy for many people with kids. Americans are determined to exhaust themselves doing job, while their families suffer. The book addresses a wide range of issues including time-management problem. If you want to handle the never-ending list of duties, you will like its wise tips. It also includes practical techniques for reduction of stress in your life. The book is based on the author’s experience. However, she also tells about the actual experience in the companies and other cultures.

Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life – is a very inspiring book written by an amazing author Glennon Doyle Melton, a beloved writer and founder of, which is a community with millions of readers. The book is a New York Times bestselling memoir. Her followers say that her writings are like a warm embrace. In the book the author shares her personal stories and urges mothers to let go of the idea of perfection as it makes the motherhood and marriage harder. She also advises women not to pretend that it is not hard. The book is winningly sincere and open, while the essays of the author about motherhood, faith, marriage, addiction, and recovery are often hilarious. You feel unarmed until you read this great writing. It is highly recommended.

Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting, written by Pamela Bruckerman, a journalist who worked for the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Marie Clair, The Observer, and The Financial Times. In the book she discloses the secrets behind well-behaved children in France. French mothers have time for themselves because children sleep at night and play by themselves. The investigation of Pamela Bruckerman is captivating and intriguing.

Tilt: 7 Solutions to be a Guilt-Free Working Mom is a parenting guide written by Marci Fair, a working mother of 4 kids. There she provides practical parenting tips that will help to cope with challenges of working mothers.

The author inspires mothers to decide what is of most importance for them and their families and then concentrate on it. The book reveals the experience of more than eighty working mothers. In the opinion of Marci Fair, balance is not possible and she offers other method instead. She calls it TILT.

This book is like a breath of fresh air. Those who dream of fulfilling motherhood will find this book helpful. It reminds each mom that she is not alone with her doubts and failures. Moms get rid of depression after reading it as it gives power to act. The book makes huge impact on life of professional Moms though Dads can also find it useful.

All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood, written by Jennifer Senior, a contributing editor at New York magazine, looks at the problems of parenthood from another perspective. There are so many books about the way parents affect their kids, but no books telling how kids affect their parents. Jennifer Senior analyzes how children reshape our lives and make us different, changing almost everything: jobs, hobbies, perception of life. This is a meticulous research that makes us reconsider basic beliefs about parenthood.

Model of the Future

OMG! Supermodels are replaced with video game characters. First, technology took manual labour jobs away from people, now digital creatures are taking away modelling jobs as well.

CNN reports – French fashion house Louis Vuitton is bringing the console to your closet in its latest advertising campaign.

The brand’s creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere has unveiled the face of its Spring-Summer 2016 campaign and it’s none other than Lightning, a character from the hugely successful video game franchise Final Fantasy.

The designer posted video and images of its “Series 4” campaign, created in collaboration with Square Enix, the game’s developer, and its main character designer Tetsuya Nomura, on his Instagram account.

Lightning, a pink-haired, samurai sword-wielding heroine, is pictured in the advertisements striking various poses while modeling the brand’s latest collection.

Ghesquiere has a well known preoccupation with digital technology. That much was evident in the Spring-Summer 2016 fashion show which was peppered with references to virtual reality, Minecraft, Japanese anime and even Wong Kar-Wai’s sci-fi flick 2046.

Funnily enough, it’s not the first time Final Fantasy characters have been tapped for their gamer fashion. In 2012, Lightning and her fellow characters were pictured in a Japanese magazine spreadclad in Prada.

The fashion industry appears to be having a love affair with all things digital. The past year witnessed the rise of the virtual fashion show and even more tellingly, the theme of the upcoming 2016 Met Gala, sometimes called the fashion Oscars, is “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.

Kurt Geiger’s New Collection

Kurt Geiger presents the best of the high street’s collections since the shop opened in 1963 on Sloane and Bond Street, London. It has always been a luxury shoe retailer. However, in contrast to other brands, it offers shoes for customers who want to acquire catwalk-inspired footwear, which is not excessively charged.

Kurt Geiger sells only stylish accessories and offers a wide range of options at that. The shoe business has differed much. While Christian Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik are known for their almost mythical character for sexy statement heels, there are other brands, which are aimed to meet the demands of professional women, for example, Prada. So, we have two edges of the scale, and the difference is clearly defined between them. But what is in the middle? Kurt Geiger is one of such brands, which takes this place. The company sells higher priced fashionable shoes for customers who do not want to pay silly money for footwear.

Kurt Geiger is an Austrian businessman who came to Great Britain in the 60-s and opened the shop on London’s Bond Street. That proves that he always had high fashion ambitions. Kurt Geiger was in the early twenties at that time.

At present, the company is an American owned brand with 50+ branches in the United Kingdom and department store concessions. The brand follows catwalk trends and continues to evolve.

The collection offered by the brand is split between several sub-brands, which are Carvela, KG, Mr KG, Miss KG etc. It may seem a little confusing until you understand the concept behind each of them. Kurt Geiger London features the most fashion edge.

A new collection includes casual sneakers, which was the most common look on the runway. Laced up sneakers are comfy and fashionable but if you buy a model with silver streak or silver sneakers you will be able to unite two trends in one pair of shoes. Red contrasted lacing is another element to make you stand out. Kurt Geiger designs present casual style. There are low top, high top and slip on models for customers with different tastes. The glamorous edge added to trainers and new season tribal addition is among the most extraordinary features.

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Flatform is going to be a summer favorite in 2016. All brands demonstrated their special love for this footwear style. Kurt Geiger London also delivered stylish Neutron that comes in gold and pink versions, both with black and white refreshing trim. It is hard to choose between them. Both are great!

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12 useful time-management tips for working moms

Working moms have to care about too many things. They must keep the house clean and do laundry. Their obligations include shopping and handling financial matters. They have to be present at kid’s activities and help them with homework. In all this haste women can forget about their partners thus risking their relations.

The couple should spend some time together. Working moms dream of going to the gym or soaking in a bubble bath. Is it possible to have time for all this when you work? It seems incredible but there are working mothers who cope with this task. The clue is right time management and planning of tasks. If you follow time management tips, you will also be able to become a super-mother who has enough time for career and home. At this, she looks great!

  1. You need a system! When there are too many tasks, it can be hard to handle them all and not skip some detail. However, with your unique system each detail becomes its point and you can’t go further until it’s done! Moreover, knowing that you have time for each point makes you calm. Everything is organized in your life and it gives you power.
  2. Planning takes time – this is so, but planning each day you will be able to free your Sundays! Is it worth it? Definitely, yes!
  3. Morning is especially challenging time for mothers who have to wake, make breakfast for all, clothe children, take them to school and not be late for work. If you want to cope with it, prepare the clothing in advance, pack lunches and all necessary things the day before.
  4. If you wake earlier than your kid you will have time for yourself and some tasks that can be done without them, so when they wake up and you will be able to concentrate on them.
  5. Hurried moms can double up on meals – make large portions that can be frozen and used on busy nights. It will work fine for such dishes as lasagna or meatballs.
  6. When multitasking is involved, it may take much time on refocusing. In this way, we lose valuable time trying to switch our mind from one issue to another. The cognitive behavioral psychologist says that it takes half an hour to get back on task after being interrupted. Therefore it is better not to combine communication with your family with your office work such as checking emails or answering the working calls. In this way more time is spent. You can’t concentrate as too many things distract you. You’ll feel more exhausted. You think that you economize time doing two things simultaneously but this is not so. You should learn to single-task.
  7. It can be especially hard to delegate tasks for perfectionists who think that nobody can perform task better than they. However, this is important if you want to develop. You can fail with such approach. People who delegate tend to be promoted more often than those who do everything on their own. They are drowned in multiple small tasks instead of going forward. And also, involve your husband and kids into the household chores.
  8. Work time often vanishes in the madness of household duties. Therefore it is better to find time for household duties and free time for your work if you work at home. It can be good to find a sitter when you work. Think of your day in shifts – it will be more effective.
  9. Catch up on other tasks when you have to wait.
  10. It can also be a good solution to collaborate with other parents and do turns taking care about the kids. This will free some time for working mom.
  11. You should set a limit for certain assignment. Each task should have a time limit. Stop at the time when you defined to do something else even if you haven’t finished the pervious task.
  12. You need the right approach as you try to find work-life balance. When you set unrealistic goals you start thinking as if you failed in all spheres.


The Worst CEO Screw-Ups Of 2015 – Top 5

Forbes explains –  Which CEOs made the most egregious errors in 2015? Was it the pharma boss who raised the price of a life-saving medication by more than 5,000%? The Brazilian oil company CEO whose executives stand accused of running an epic bribery scheme that destabilized her country’s economy? Or the former billionaire CEO whose company is being investigated for Enron-like accounting?

Martin Shkreli, former CEO, Turing Pharmaceuticals

In September, the 32-year-old former hedge fund manager who founded Turing early this year, became the latest poster child for corporate greed after Turing hiked the price of a decades-old, potentially lifesaving drug, Daraprim, from $13.50 per tablet to $750. (Shkreli recently claimed on Twitter that if a patient doesn’t have insurance that will cover the drug, “you can have it for free.”)

On Dec. 17, he was indicted for securities fraud related to his conduct at two hedge funds he previously ran, and at Retrophin, a company that bought old drugs and jacked up their prices (he has pleaded not guilty). Retrophin, which ousted Shkreli as CEO in 2014, had filed a suit against him, accusing him of using the company as a personal piggy bank, enriching himself and paying off investors who had lost money at his hedge funds.

Federal authorities, whose indictment tracks the Retrophin suit, said Shkreli committed “a securities fraud trifecta of lies, deceit and greed,” and the SEC’s enforcement director said Shkreli “should be barred from working in the securities industry or from being the director or officer of a public company.”

Shkreli resigned as CEO of Turing on Dec. 18. He is still CEO of KaloBios, a drug company he acquired in November by buying 70% of its stock.

Michael Pearson, CEO, Valeant

Shares in the drug maker plunged from $262 in August to a low of $70 in November and Pearson, who became CEO in 2010, is no longer a billionaire. He has a large equity stake in the company he can’t sell until 2017.

Pearson’s strategy, to ditch R&D, buy other drug makers and jack up prices (it raised the price of one old heart drug, Isuprel, by 500%), eventually sent the stock tumbling, when a report from a short seller criticized the practice and said the company was making fake sales and deliberately sending retailers more drugs than they could sell. Observers started questioning whether Valeant’s deal-making was hiding accounting fraud (Valeant denies the claims).

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan and Boston sent subpoenas seeking information about Valeant’s financial assistance programs for patients, its pricing and its distribution methods. In October Joe Nocera of the New York Times wrote an op ed headlined, “Is Valeant the Next Enron?”

Maria das Graças Silva Foster, former CEO, Petrobras

In February, Graça Foster, who grew up in a Rio favela and recycled cans to pay for her education, quit as the CEO of Petrobras after 30 years at the oil giant. Prosecutors say that starting in 2004, some of the country’s biggest construction firms paid bribes in exchange for $23 billion in Petrobras contracts. Authorities charge that companies colluded to drive up prices while kicking back money to top Petrobras employees and politicians.

Graça Foster was not implicated but investors lost faith in her leadership as the scandal damaged the Brazilian economy, threw thousands of people out of work and sparked outrage at the alleged looting of the company, which is 51% owned by the government. If she didn’t know about the bribery scheme, she should have.

Elizabeth Holmes, CEO, Theranos

In the face of mounting questions about the effectiveness of the finger-stick blood tests invented by the diagnostic startup she founded in 2003, Stanford dropout Holmes, 31, the world’s second-youngest self-made billionaire after Mark Zuckerberg (she’s worth $4.5 billion), has insisted the claims are being made by competitors and disgruntled former employees and providers. Theranos also said that  journalists, especially John Carreyrou at the Wall Street Journal, approached their stories with a bias against the company.

Despite claims that it would be able to do more than 200 tests using the finger-stick method, Theranos currently offers not even a single such test to the public. For many of its other tests, it has conceded that it uses conventional samples drawn by needles. (Theranos says it has submitted more than 120 tests for FDA approval.) Says Yale’s Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, “There is a nagging fear that the situation at Theranos calls up American health care’s long history of hucksterism.” In October drug chain Walgreens said it would halt expansion of Theranos testing centers.

The Theranos board is made up of impressive names like Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and George Shultz, former Secretary of Defense William Perry, former Senators Sam Nunn and Bill Frist, General James Mattis, and Admiral Gary Roughead. Aside from Frist, none of these people bring medical expertise. “You can’t rely on such public officials to weigh in knowledgeably about the development of new blood diagnostic methods,” wrote Sonnenfeld in November.

Marissa Mayer, CEO, Yahoo

Though the 20-year-old search engine portal was in bad shape when the former Google superstar took the helm in 2012, the company’s core business now has an implied market value of less than zero.

A string of top executives continue to quit and Mayer has failed to bring on needed talent. In January she fired Google veteran Henrique De Castro, whom she’d hired as chief operating officer just 15 months before. He reportedly pocketed as much as $109 million in compensation and severance.

She has spent $3 billion on acquisitions but only one of them, Tumblr, has made a mark. She has passed up on other companies that would have arguably been much more lucrative, like Snapchat or Netflix before their values soared.

During her pregnancy and after the birth of her son and twin daughters, Mayer announced she planned on “taking limited time away and working throughout,” an example damaging to parents who want and need paid company leave.

The History of Bottega Veneta

The history of the brand “Bottega Veneta” (translated as ‘Venetian shop’) started in the 1960-s in Vicenza (located in the Veneto region of northeastern Italy). Its success was predetermined as the founders of the fashion house Michele Taddei and Renzo Zengiaro always made accent on the quality of craftsmanship. It is even hard to imagine now that a small Italian shop could fulfill the orders of other fashion houses such as Giorgio Armani. However, several years later, in the 70-s,  came up to the market with their own collections of accessories and bags.

The most famous item developed by the brand is the bag Cabat that became the icon of style and embodiment of the understated luxury. The tote bag is liked for its discreet, no-logo appeal. This artisanal leather accessory is made with use of its own braiding technique called intessiato. The leather-weaving method was developed by the artisans of the company. Bags created with intessiato technique are still the signature of the brand. It takes at least two days to make a bag in this style.

Two masters skillfully weave the layers of leather thus making one wreathing without knots and extra details. Using intessiato leather-weaving know-how, such unmatched bags as Veneta and famous clutch Knot (appeared in 1978) were created. The leather-weaving technique can be recognized immediately. Even shoes produced by the company Bottega Veneta are recognizable. It is impossible to reproduce its sophisticated unique technique. The price of Cabat tote bag can vary from $4700 to $78000.

The company introduced the notion demi-couture. Women love buying something that is collectable and can be kept for years. The iconic things became the backbones to fashion collections.

When the founders departed from the company, Vittorio and Laura Moltedo (Taddei’s ex-wife) began to run the company. With time, the popularity of the brand but a new creative director Tomas Maier who was hired in 2001 revived it. He returned the focus of the company to artisanal production.

In 2001, Gucci Group purchased the brand and now the company is a part of the French multinational group Kering. When Gucci bought the company, it was the second birth of Bottega Veneta. The first apparel collection was made in 2001.

Now Bottega Veneta produces jewelry, furniture, eyewear and home fragrance. At the same time, you can still find a huge assortment of leather goods, shoes, handbags, home items, shoes etc.

Unique artisanal craftsmanship was recognized very important therefore the company opened the school Scuola della Pelletteria, where it trains and supports leather artisans to preserve the tradition.

The price of the company reached one billion euros in 2013. It distributes products on all continents and has its own stores in more than 140 countries of the world.



Global Warming Art

“The quality of place, the reaction to immediate contact with earth and growing things that have a fugal relationship with mountains and sky, is essential to the integrity of our existence on this planet,” the famous American photographer Ansel Adams wrote in his autobiography. From the romantic painters of the late 18th century to Adams to contemporary figures like Pedro Reyes and Agnes Denes, artists have long had a fascination — and deep respect — for the planet on which we exist.

With the words “global warming” and “climate change” never far from the headlines, artists like Adams and co. are more relevant than ever. Tying together the scientific and creative worlds in acts of beauty and activism, sculptors, painters, photographers and more have the power to make environmentalism a priority and bring green initiatives to the forefront of cultural conversations. Behold, 18 green artists who are making climate change and conservation a priority.

1. Olafur Eliasson’s Icebergs

o-ICE-900For “Your waste of time,” Olafur Eliasson displayed pieces of ice that broke off from Iceland’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull. Exhibited in a refrigerated gallery space powered by solar panels, the ice “sculptures” represented 800 years of Earthly existence, putting human’s physical experience in perspective. “The obvious lesson of Mr. Eliasson’s installation, ‘Your waste of time,’ is that global warming is wreaking havoc on nature,” Ken Johnson wrote in The New York Times last year.

2. David Maisel’s Photographs of Open Pit Mines

o-MINE-900At first glance, David Maisel’s gorgeous photographs seem to celebrate the natural beauty of another planet, but his deep blue swirls and red craters actually depict the aerial appearance of environmentally impacted sites in the United States transformed by water reclamation, logging, military tests and mining. “With the mining sites, I found a subject matter that carried forth my fascination with the undoing of the landscape, in terms of both its formal beauty and its environmental politics,” Maisel writes on his website.

3. Luzinterruptus’ Waste Labyrinth

The art collective Luzinterruptus has a history of tackling political and social issues in Europe. The “Labyrinth of Plastic Waste” is but one example.

“We were looking to demonstrate, in a poetic manner, the amount of plastic waste that is consumed daily,” Luzinterruptus explained in a statement. “In addition to focusing attention on the big business of bottling water, which leads to very serious problems in developing countries, whose citizens have watched as their aquifers have been privatized with impunity for the exclusive enrichment of large business owners and ruling classes without scruples.”

4. Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi’s Harvest Dome

2013-08-08-130731_SLO_0617s_at_inwood_with_canoeArchitects Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi‘s massive “Harvest Dome 2.0,” assembled from 450 umbrellas and 128 bottles, once floated around the inlet of Inwood Hill Park in New York City. Deemed a piece of “performance architecture,” the 24 by 18-foot structure further proves the world’s garbage can we reused in many unexpected ways.

5. John Sabraw’s Toxic Sludge Paintings


Using toxic runoff found in the Ohio River region, artist and professor John Sabraw produces his own DIY pigments — bold yellows and reds that are sourced from the oxidized sludge of abandoned coal mines. Rather than using imported iron oxide from China to make his paint colors, he taps into the water’s heavy metals left over from abandoned coal mines, bringing to light the region’s pollution problem in the process.

The artist, like the scientist, has a crucial role to perform in our society,” Sabraw explained to HuffPost. “See things differently, act on this vision, report the failures and successes.”

6. Naziha Mestaoui’s Virtual Forests

originalNaziha Mestaoui‘s “One Beat One Tree” projects virtual forests onto city spaces, blurring the boundaries between the natural world and advancing technology. The digital trees actually grow in rhythm with a person’s heartbeat, as viewers can connect to the series via a smart phone sensor. And with each virtual plant, a physical one is grown in regions throughout the world, from Europe and Latin America to Africa and Asia. Since its inception two years ago, the project has already sparked the growth of 13,000 trees.

7. Rachel Sussman’s Oldest Things

original (1)Photographer Rachel Sussman has been traveling the globe for the past 10 years, searching for the world’s oldest living things with camera in tow. From the Mojave Desert to the Australian Outback to Greenland’s icy expanses, she captures portraits of organisms capable of lasting for 80,000 years, shining a light on our planet’s resilience in the face of human intervention. “Extreme longevity can lull us into a false sense of permanence,” Sussman wrote for Brain Pickings. “But being old is not the same as being immortal.”

8. Barry Underwood’s Electric Landscapes

o-BARRY-900Combining elements of painting, photography, performance, cinema and land art, Barry Underwood renders environmental issues like light pollution and deforestation in electric splendor.”My attempt is to portray environmental issues that are not delivered in a heavy-handed way,” Underwood explained to HuffPost. “Rather in a way that draws attention in a pleasing way, then if contemplated could unfold a message of dissidence or a natural discord.”

9. Paulo Grangeon’s 1,600 Pandas.

2014-05-05-Panda_Layer0408finalsFrench sculptor Paulo Grangeon used an unlikely medium to illuminate the reality of animal endangerment across the world. For his traveling exhibit, “Pandas on Tour,” he created 1,600 papier-mâché bears meant to represent the actual number of pandas left on the planet (recent estimates actually place the number slightly below that, at 1,596). Launched in 2008 in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund, Grangeon’s project has traveled to landmarks in more than 20 countries, including the Eiffel Tower.

10. Daan Roosegaarde’s Vacuum

Ask a Dutch artist to solve the problem of blanket pollution in Beijing and what do you get? If you’ve tracked down Daan Roosegaarde, you’ll get “Smog,” a system of underground copper coils meant to suck up airborne particles using an electrostatic field. It’s like a vacuum cleaner that operates on a similar principle to statically charged balloons.

11. Aida Sulova’s Trash Cans

original (2)A Kyrgyz street artist named Aida Sulova confronted the rampant garbage problem in Bishkek by using trash bins as a canvas. According to Wooster Collective, the street artist pastes photographic images of open mouths on garbage cans throughout the city to “remind people that what they throw into the world, eventually ends up inside us.”

12. Chris Jordan’s Portraits of Consumption

o-CELL-PHONES-900Photographer Chris Jordan puts consumption into perspective with his series “Intolerable Beauty: Portraits of American Mass Consumption.” His works show the debris we as a society leave behind, from massive dumps of cell phones, to crushed cars and circuit boards, all squeezed together in hypnotic quantities. “I am appalled by these scenes, and yet also drawn into them with awe and fascination,” Jordan explained in an email to The Huffington Post. “The immense scale of our consumption can appear desolate, macabre, oddly comical and ironic, and even darkly beautiful; for me its consistent feature is a staggering complexity.”

13. Gabriel Orozco’s Found Objects

o-OROZCO-900For the 2012 installation “Sandstars,” Gabriel Orozco arranged over 1,200 objects from the Isla Arena, Mexico trash repository on the Guggenheim Museum’s floor, accompanied by a dozen large, gridded photographs depicting the individual objects in a studio setting. The found treasures bring hints of the ignored wastelands into a gallery setting, forcing viewers to confront the effects of industrial and commercial refuse.

14. rAndom International’s Rain Room

The 2013 phenomenon that was the “Rain Room” invited MoMA viewers to experience a deluge of falling water without getting wet. According to the museum’s description for the exhibition EXPO 1: New York, “the work invites visitors to explore the roles that science, technology, and human ingenuity can play in stabilizing our environment.”

15. Agnes Denes’s Wheatfields

o-DENES-900Agnes Denes is a giant among land artists. Her most well-known project is probably the 1982 piece “Wheatfield — A Confrontation,” in which she planted a field of golden wheat on two acres of a landfill near Wall Street and the World Trade Center in Manhattan. She weeded, irrigated and cultivated the mini oasis, bringing the essence of rural America into the throngs of America’s urban epicenter. The confrontation was between nature and artifice.

16. Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Surrounded Islands

Christo’s “Surrounded Islands” take on the appearance of giant Lilly pads as the 3.1 million dollar art project in Biscayne Bay in Miami, May 7, 1983. The skyline of downtown Miami is in the background. (AP Photo/Pete Wright)

Christo and the late Jeanne-Claude are well known for their massive land artworks that serve to remind viewers of the natural wonders scattered around the planet. For “Surrounded Islands,” the two artists encircled 11 islands in Biscayne Bay, Miami with 6.5 million square feet of floating pink woven polypropylene fabric. In the process, they cleaned up 40 tons of garbage from the floating land masses.

17. Mathilde Roussel’s Living Sulptures

o-GREEN-900French artist Mathilde Roussel created a series of living grass installations that take the shape of human beings. Made of recycled material and fabric filled with soil and wheat grass seeds, the pieces are meant to symbolize the centrality of food. “Observing nature and being aware of what and how we eat makes us more sensitive to food cycles in the world — of abundance, of famine — and allows us to be physically, intellectually and spiritually connected to a global reality,” the artist explains.

18. Pedro Reyes’ Grasshopper Burgers

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For “The People’s United Nations (pUN)” exhibition at Queens Museum in New York, Mexican artist Pedro Reyes made climate change and geo-engineering points of focus for his diplomatic performance piece. He even served grasshopper burgers during a lunch break to participants in the 193-person assembly to highlight the carbon footprint of meat. “Protein from insects is the way of the future,” the artist proclaimed to HuffPost.