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February 23, 2017 | Posted by | No Comments

Out Of This World

This illustration shows the possible surface of TRAPPIST-1f, one of the newly discovered planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system. Scientists using the Spitzer Space Telescope and ground-based telescopes have discovered that there are seven Earth-size planets in the system. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Via nasa.gov:

NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Three of these planets are firmly located in the habitable zone, the area around the parent star where a rocky planet is most likely to have liquid water.

Particle Collision by Matthew Stork $1,100

The discovery sets a new record for greatest number of habitable-zone planets found around a single star outside our solar system. All of these seven planets could have liquid water – key to life as we know it – under the right atmospheric conditions, but the chances are highest with the three in the habitable zone.

Interplanetary Mail Delivery by Stephen Neil Gill $225

The Astronomer by Edward Zelinsky $165

“This discovery could be a significant piece in the puzzle of finding habitable environments, places that are conducive to life,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of the agency’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. “Answering the question ‘are we alone’ is a top science priority and finding so many planets like these for the first time in the habitable zone is a remarkable step forward toward that goal.”

Black Moon by william london $320

For all you science-minded space fans out there, this is really something to get excited about! But don’t let the news make you forget the right side of your brain. We’ve got some original artwork for you that’s out of this world. Shop our collection today!

February 21, 2017 | Posted by | 1 Comment

Turning Stadiums Into Design Projects

Article excerpt from Huffington Post by Kate Abbey-Lambertz: 

Photo: PEOPLE FOR URBAN PROGRESS The nonprofit People for Urban Progress salvages material from old stadiums and turns it into durable products and urban design projects, like bus stop benches made out of seats from Bush Stadium in Indianapolis.

An architect in Indianapolis is giving old sports stadiums a second life by turning their bones into projects that serve the community. Michael Bricker grew up in Indianapolis and got his master’s degree in architecture in Texas. In 2008, he moved back to his old city, where demolition was starting on the RCA Dome, the former home of the Colts.

BETTMANN/GETTY IMAGES The RCA Dome in Indianapolis, before it was demolished.

As he drove past the site most days, Bricker couldn’t help but wonder what would happen to the industrial fabric that served as the stadium’s roof. He estimated that if a company were to try and install such a thing somewhere today, it would probably cost at least $10 million. Bricker ended up convincing the demolition company to save the dome. But then he had to figure out what to do with it.

Photo: PEOPLE FOR URBAN PROGRESS Demolition underway at the RCA Dome. The roof material, piled on the ground, was saved and given to People for Urban Progress.

Bricker founded the nonprofit People for Urban Progress. Working with local designers, they created a line of purses and wallets using some of the durable dome fabric. The first run of 1,000 pieces made $70,000. Half of that money went to cover costs, and half was funneled into community projects. The bags were originally envisioned as souvenirs for local sports fans, but interest in the well-crafted accessories has spread beyond Indiana. 

Photo: PEOPLE FOR URBAN PROGRESS People for Urban Progress clutches, made from RCA Dome fabric and Super Bowl XLVI vinyl banners.

PUP’s model is to use the earnings from the products they sell ― along with some donations and small grants ― to salvage other stadium leftovers and work on projects for the community. Using the roof material, they built several shade canopies at parks and urban gardens.

Photo: PEOPLE FOR URBAN PROGRESS A shade structure built by People for Urban Progress, along with design and community partners, in the Highland Vicinity neighborhood of Indianapolis.

When Indianapolis’ Bush Stadium was demolished in 2012, PUP salvaged 9,000 seats. Some of those were sold to fans, raising funds to turn the others into benches at bus stops that lacked seating. There are now 50 “Pupstops.”

Photo: PEOPLE FOR URBAN PROGRESS People for Urban Progress installed seats from Bush Stadium at bus stops around Indianapolis, more than doubling the number of bus stops citywide that have benches.

Bricker said the group is tapping into the power of fandom and nostalgia to celebrate the city. “Transit is often designed to be invisible,” he said. But the memorable baseball seats call attention to the bus system ― and to the people who use it, and their needs.

We love how many creative ways there are to bring art into our lives. Life is too short to live without original art!

February 16, 2017 | Posted by | No Comments

Dear Art, We Want You To Stick Around

Mosaic (Spring Flowers) by Heidi Carlsen-Rogers $2,550

Like us, you’ve probably heard reports swirling around that federal funding for the arts might be in jeopardy. Since we’re such fans of art and artists we just wanted to take a moment and give a shout out to our artists and community here at Zatista.com. We love art – obviously! We want art (especially original art) to fill our lives and stick around for a really long while. 

Above Herald Square by Ellen Bradshaw $2,950

This art piece created by artist Tega Brain is a colorful list of creative works that the National Endowment for the Arts funded in 2016 alone. Check it out.

Blue Picnic by Amy Bernays $750

To show off pieces from our great community of artists, here are some images below. Join us in support of original artwork here on Zatista.com!

February 14, 2017 | Posted by | No Comments

Art From The Heart

Two Hearts by Kelly Hutchinson $230

Valentine’s Day – it’s kind of fun when a regular old Tuesday is transformed into something special, don’t you think? Spending quality time with (presumably) one of your favorite people has got to make you feel good. I’m sure you have a plan by now, but have you considered picking out original art together as part of the fun? Do it – one of a kind art is a treasure that lasts a life time. Here are some fun pieces to get you in the spirit of the day. Cuddle up on your cozies loveseat and browse our gallery to find that perfect piece that could be icing on the cake for your Valentine!

Playing hearts by Brian Nash $1,500

 

Love Me by Cristina Stefan $339

 

Heart / Light by Erin Alders $64

 

February 9, 2017 | Posted by | No Comments

Raise Your He(Art) Rate at The Met

Monica Bill Barnes (left) and Anna Bass are offering literally breathtaking tours of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Paula Lobo/The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Reposted from NPR. Heard on Morning Addition reported by Sean Rameswaram:

Seeing a great work of art might quicken your pulse, but now New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art is hoping you’ll break a sweat, too. The Met is currently offering a “Museum Workout” — part performance, part workout, part art tour.

On a recent morning, 15 of us gather in The Great Hall before the museum opens. We line up behind two tour guide dancers — both wearing sparkly cocktail dresses and sneakers. A guy with a portable speaker stands nearby.

image via www.monicabillbarnes.com

He presses play, and with disco propelling us forward, we power walk, we punch the air, we daintily jog through the otherwise empty Met at 9:00 in the morning. There’s a lot of light, a lot of antiquity … and some stink eye. Museum security looks like they’ve never seen anything like this.

“We were approached by the Metropolitan Museum to make a dance,” explains Monica Bill Barnes, one of the workout leaders. “We counteroffered, and asked to make a led tour that’s a workout.”

Barnes’ dance company wanted to get people moving in the Met — and jumping jacks and yoga poses seemed a lot easier than teaching amateurs a complicated dance routine. Read the fully story here. Go to Met info here.