Posts Tagged ‘design issues’

Igloo created out of fridges in Hamburg

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

A German artist named Ralf Schmerberg has created an igloo out of fridges in a square in Hamburg, Germany, to try and draw attention to energy use and climate change.

To make that point, alongside the construction is a giant electricity meter that displays how much electricity is being used by the 322 old fridges that comprise the structure. Inside, a selection of old electronic devices — kids’ toys, fans, kettles, microwaves, washing machines, toasters, a TV set and other items — whirr and buzz away too.


The sculpture is titled “Wastefulness is the biggest source of Energy” and has been sponsored by energy provider Entega. Of course, having all those fridges on at the same time around the clock eats quite a lot of energy, so let’s hope they’re powered by renewables. Otherwise, it’s a bit of an own goal, really.

On the back of the energy meter is the claim that Germany could save 40 percent of its power use if efficiency improvements were made, and a long list of items that went into the construction of the structure. Those include 13 bars of chocolate, 35 pairs of gloves, 487 sandwiches, 120 beers and 1,718 metres of wire. The structure weighs ten and a half tons, and stands 5.6 metres tall.

Schmerberg’s other projects include a snowman protest in Berlin and music videos for The Fantastic Four and Die Toten Hosen. He’s also directed more than 200 commercials for a number of high-profile companies, some of which are exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Here’s a video of the Fridge Igloo under construction.

Apology to the false article, Dah-Yu Shui Putting on Other People’s Clothing as His Own

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

This apology came from, the author of the article, Dah-Yu Shi Putting on Other People’s Clothing as His Own. Chen’s friend Chong-Yu Haung once complained to the author about the work and not getting paid well while doing the animation-designing project for Za-Long. That was why Chen wrote the false article out of sympathy and strong sense of justice for the companionship. Right after Mr. Shi and Haung read the article, they soon made an announcement asking for apology in terms of the false accusation. Meanwhile, on VAWLOG, they restated the proclamation and also verified the authorship related to the artwork. In the statement, Mr. Shi pointed out that the animated character Za-Long was designed by him and he himself also instructed the formation of the story plot, characters, complications, backdrop, sound-effect, and graphic design. Shi made it clear that all people participated in the production were all reasonably rewarded and listed. Hence, the fact that Mr. Chen wrote the article without verified proof has done severe damages to Mr. Shi’s reputation and DragonFly Gallery. During the incident, Chen has being advised and learned more about property rights that he found himself quite unfamiliar with. Hence, Chen would like to make an apology for what his frivolous charges had put Mr. Shi and his company DragonFly Gallery through and sincerely beg for pardon from Mr. Shi.

Lastly, Chen urged that any websites favorite linked with VAWLOG should stop spreading any false information about Za-Long Animation in case of more future impairments on Mr. Shi and DragonFly Gallery.

VAW LOG writer