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Sustainability Becomes Art

Art Comes to Life Through a Bucket

In our busy day to day lives, it takes a lot to make a person stop, take notice, and think for a minute.  I was pleasantly surprised to stumble across a sustainable sculpture of Sto Buckets that did just that!  Artist Jason Peters created the amazing Sto Bucket work of art seen above.  Peters, who resides in Brooklyn, NY, says, “In my work I attempt to trigger and explore both intellectual and emotional reactions to the ways in which objects interact with their surrounding environment.  I can shift the focus from individual pieces to the environment as a whole, helping viewers experience the ways in which my work changes that environment.” In 2004, Jason had traveled to New Mexico to visit with family.  As he was driving around, he suddenly saw a giant yellow pile in the back of someone’s yard.  Since Jason uses found objects of large quantities to make his sculptures, he immediately felt some inspiration from seeing the yellow flash by, and knew he had to stop and investigate.  Jason found the house where the pile resided, and approached the owner about the contents of the backyard.  It turned out to be a contractor who sold Sto products, and he had a collection of empty Sto buckets.  The contractor was willing to part with most of the buckets to allow Jason to have them to create a piece of art. This “serendipitous” event, according to Jason, started the beginning of a series of bucket sculptures, some of which can be seen here.

Sustainable Art Sculptures

A selection of some of Jason’s work including more in his line of bucket sculptures.
Jason uses found items to create his sculptures making his work sustainable.
All photos courtesy of Jason Peters


“If it hadn’t been for that moment, I might not have used buckets,” said Peters.  The Sto bucket guided Jason to a new avenue of his work.  The Sto bucket was able to take on a new life, recycled into a living sculpture, able to trigger a reaction in onlooker’s daily lives.

For more information on Jason Peters and his work, please see

Nanotech Building

Nanotech Changes Future of Building, Bit by Tiny Bit

Does your building have carbon nanotubes inside?

It’s okay if you’re not sure. But increasingly, this advanced science is finding its way into new paints, coatings, glass materials, finishes and structures.

“Even though the construction sector has been rather slow to adopt them, nanotech innovations are steadily infiltrating the built environment on two fronts: by optimizing and enhancing the performance of many existing technologies and by offering a new class of material products that were not possible before nano-engineering,” explains Peter Yeadon, AIA, RIBA, a partner with Decker Yeadon, New York.

For example, TOTO’s patented, super-smooth SanaGloss glaze “minimizes debris, mold and bacteria from sticking to porous, ceramic surfaces.” Other self-cleaning and self-healing materials, including glass such as Pilkington’s Activ and coatings such as Sto Corp.’s Lotusan.

These products possess highly water-repellent microstructures, which help shed water and, with it, mold and dirt.

There are also nano-enhanced steels and rebar coatings such as those from the Australian company Nanotech, which offer corrosion-resistant properties whether exposed or in concrete.

Cool stuff! Yet the products face limited interest, says George Elvin, a researcher and director of Green Technology Forum, Indianapolis: “The cost of many nanotech products and processes are still high, and the building industry has always been slow to adopt new technologies.”

But sustainability is driving interest in nanotech, Elvin counters: “Nanotechnology for green building will reduce waste and toxicity, as well as energy and raw material consumption in the building industry, resulting in cleaner, healthier buildings.” Driven by performance and sustainability, the U.S. market for nano-enhanced building products is projected to grow to at least $400 million by 2016, according to Green Tech Forum. (327 words)