Back in 1982 German filmmaker Werner Herzog wrote and directed “Fitzcarraldo”, an amazing film starring Klaus Kinski as the title character. It portrays would-be rubber baron Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, an obsessed opera lover who wants to build an opera house in the jungle. To accomplish this he first has to make a fortune in the rubber business, and his cunning plan involves hauling an enormous river boat across a small mountain with aid from the local Indians. Puppet designer and paper crafter extraordinaire Robin Frohardt has recreated some of the most famous scenes from the movie using nothing but cardboard. The short video titled “Fitzcardboardaldo” was shot and edited by Robin with special help from Nick Chatfield-Taylor.
By what strange law of mind is it that an idea long overlooked, and trodden under foot as a useless stone, suddenly sparkles out in new light, as a discovered diamond?
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Mary Pickford was at the height of her fame called “the best known woman who has ever lived, the woman who was known to more people and loved by more people than any other woman that has been in all of history.” Her salaries broke records and her career set precedents for acting contracts and celebrity practices to this day. During World War I, she auctioned a single lock of her hair for $15,000.
Inspired by the cycle of death, decay, and rebirth, Japanese artist Hideki Tokushige uses the bones of dead mice and rats to create meticulously constructed flowers. Called “Honebana” (bone flower), Tokushige’s sculptures explore the relationship between death and flowers, which has an equally long history of being associated with one another.
Kenya’s Ocean Sole sandal recycling company collects discarded flipflops that were previously polluting waterways and coastlines and transforms them into colorful handmade toy animals. The magic happens through craftsmanship, as talented artisans from local communities earn an income transforming the collected waste into wonderful flipflop creations. The company recycle 400,000 kilos of rubber waste a year and create masterpieces for sale across the world. The recycled flipflop creates awareness of our human footprint.