Making of Zoo Jeans
Zoo Jeans are the only jeans on earth designed by dangerous animals. We first take their favourite playthings — old tires and giant rubber balls — and wrap them in sheets of denim.Then we return them to the animals and let nature run its course. The animals roar, gnaw and claw at their toys, and when they’re done we gather up what’s left of the damaged denim. It is from this unique fabric that we make the jeans. So the wild rips and tears in Zoo Jeans have been created with pure animal instinct.
Zoo Jeans is an initiative of the “Mineko Club” volunteer group of zoo supporters, launched in collaboration with Kamine Zoo in Hitachi City, with the goal of revivifying the local zoo.
A Japanese Artist Launches Plants Into Space.
“Flowers aren’t just beautiful to show on tables,” said Azuma Makoto, a 38-year-old artist based in Tokyo. His latest installation piece, if you could call it that, takes this statement to the extreme. Two botanical objects — “Shiki 1,” a Japanese white pine bonsai suspended from a metal frame, and an untitled arrangement of orchids, hydrangeas, lilies and irises, among other blossoms — were launched into the stratosphere on Tuesday in Black Rock Desert outside Gerlach, Nevada, a site made famous for its hosting of the annual Burning Man festival. ”I wanted to see the movement and beauty of plants and flowers suspended in space,” Makoto explained that morning.