The Eye of Horus Eco-House | View from the Eye

I’m not sure if 25 bedrooms and 5 lounges qualifies as a house.  This Eye of Horus complex is more a private village or a defenseless castle.  Created by architect Luis de Garrido from Spain for Naomi Campbell, and free of any pesky budget limitations, this glass domed village (I refuse to call it a house) has it’s own microclimate. It’s all really quite mind-boggling. I mean, it’s great that it’s eco-everything (the Eye shape is actually formed by photo-voltaic panels).  It’s just the whole private island in Turkey is so James Bond, I keep wondering if it’s just an elaborate hoax (reported on dozens of sites) and I’ve fallen for it.

Eye of Horus Eco House

That's not a House, It's a Village

All the details of Ms. Campbell’s little Eye of Horus, including multiple other photos and diagrams are on the Inhabitat Article. which reviews all of the green tech involved.  The Inhabit site is worth checking out  in and of itself.

But I look at this amazing piece of art/architecture and I ask, Would I want to live there? I don’t know. That level of isolation seems a bit harsh, and although the building is all set up for eco-everything, what about getting to and fro . . . sailboats only, maybe? Somehow I doubt it. I’d love to visit, though.  What do you think? I’d love to hear other people comment on this one. It seems like a great place to go to get away from everything, and maybe that’s the point. That and simple uber-rich self-indulgence.  Very Pharaoh-like, really. Again, it seems so unreal. I suppose the first person who saw the great pyramid in all it’s glory, without knowing anything about its existence before-hand would have that same sense of wonder.

Urban Farming, Druids, Trees and Street Faeries – View from the Eye

In the midst of the urban problems in London, and all the shakeups and downs coming from “the Street” comes some hope for a different way of dealing with difficulty from The Urban Farming Guys  “This is the epic story of a band of pioneers–several families who have uprooted from comfortable suburbia & made their homes for good in one of the most blighted zip codes in the U.S.–64127, Lykins neighborhood, inner-city Kansas City. Each of us, standing with our neighbors, believe there is hope, but we know that money alone will not solve the problem.”

This just proves you can get back to nature in the city. If you wonder at the roots of the current set of issues we face, just check out the Salvage series  of articles by John Michael Greer in the ArchDruid Report.  But it’s not for the faint-of-heart. It’s more for those who are willing to face the future and wade in and do something.

Speaking of doing something to solve problems, here’s one for the Druids and other tree-lovers.  A 13-Year old was inspired by trees and came up with a solar cell tree that produces 20-50% more power than a uniform array of photovoltaic panels. This story comes from Inhabitat.com – a weblog devoted to the future of design, tracking the innovations in technology, practices and materials that are pushing architecture and home design towards a smarter and more sustainable future.

Just look around, and you will find wonder to behold. Beth Hansen-Buth, the Faerie Artist (and my twin sister), pointed me to the Fairy Street Fashion of Finland. (We’re half-Finnish). For those of you who who embrace the Fae Lifestyle, music, art etc., you should check out these outstanding Faerieworlds events>

“Come Fairies, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame!” ~William Butler Yeats

 

Solstice River, Stonehenge and more Celebrations – View From the Eye

2011 Summer Solstice has officially passed, in the Northern Hemisphere, summer solstice began on Jun 21 2011 at 1:16 P.M. EDT and our facebook community got updates on the 21st, but here’s a rundown of the highlights:

The core world event was the Summer Solstice Sunrise at Stonehenge, Wiltshire.  If you go to visit Stonehenge at any other time of year, you will find it roped off to protect the site.  But there is a special dispensation for summer solstice, when all the Druids and Pagans gather to celebrate the sun and people slept in the shadows of the great stones. The Guardian has captured this year’s event in photos»

Then, there was the Times Square Yoga event.  Instead of a ball dropping to mark a new year, hands raised and bodies stretched to celebrate the sun.

There were also several pagan festivals centered around the solstice.  The largest was probably PSG (Pagan Spirit Gathering) which moved to a new location this year.  Closer to home, you could find the Earth House Midsummer Gather.

But wait, there’s more!  Not to be outdone, Solstice RiverSolstice River is an annual event, here in Minneapolis.  This was the 15th annual Solstice River, and it was just one of dozens of Global Water Dances which took place around the world on June 25th. Global Water Dances is an event which uses participatory art-making to raise consciousness about environmental problems, specifically, the critical need for safe drinking water. This is definitely a global effort, with 60 locations worldwide. Beginning in the Western Pacific Rim, and circling the globe, the series of dances was broadcast online.  Each location focuses on local water issues and tie it to the global struggle to ensure safe water for all human beings.

The Solstice River Dance in Minneapolis was held at the Mississippi River, with the audience gathering on the Stone Arch Bridge to watch the performance and listen to the music.  This is a site sacred to the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations. It is also the birthplace of the City of Minneapolis, where early residents used the power of the falls for lumber and grain milling. The major water issue here is the Non-Point Source Pollution, or run-off from fertilizers and pesticides draining into the river creating the Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico. Participants and viewers of Global Water Dances learn about the critical role of humans in protecting water supplies. The Solstice River partners are the US Army Corps of Engineers, the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, Mill City Museum, the Guthrie, KBEM, Twin Cities T’ai-Chi Ch’uan Studio, and Earth Spirit Environments, Inc.  Click here to sign up to learn more or participate in future events»

Visit the event site for more details about the choreographers, support and local resources »