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Plant a Tree; Lower the Crime Rate
Does a greener neighborhood give criminals more places to hide, or do green spaces keep crime down? This was an actual debate that seems to now be resolved.
When it comes to controlling crime, police tend to favor more policing, while social scientists see the symptom of deeper, social problems. Urban planners, on the other hand, focus on the trees.
Here’s the story.

Plant a Tree; Lower the Crime Rate

Does a greener neighborhood give criminals more places to hide, or do green spaces keep crime down? This was an actual debate that seems to now be resolved.

When it comes to controlling crime, police tend to favor more policing, while social scientists see the symptom of deeper, social problems. Urban planners, on the other hand, focus on the trees.

Here’s the story.

The man-made mechanical forest, five years in the making, consists of 18 supertrees that act as vertical gardens, generating solar power, acting as air venting ducts for nearby conservatories, and collecting rainwater. To generate electricity, 11 of the trees are fitted with solar photovoltaic systems that provide lighting and assist with water flow in the conservatories below. 

Singapore’s Supertrees Light Up The Night

Trees give us everything. Oxygen! Paper! Fruit! And now… art?

See these vitrines? We imagine they’re what you’d get if you put Damien Hirst alone in the woods with a chainsaw.
In point of fact, they’re the work of young British-born artist Anthony James,  who combines chopped birch trees from Minnesota, two-way mirrors, and  fluorescents or LEDS to create gobstopping sculptures that look like  infinite forests trapped in a light box.
James displayed three of the birch vitrines at Patrick Painter, Inc.,  in Santa Monica, Calif., recently, alongside a companion piece  featuring a charred black Ferrari 355 Spider. The car was James’s prized  possession, but then he went and set it ablaze and stuffed the carcass  in a tank — for his art or something.

More photos when you click through.

Trees give us everything. Oxygen! Paper! Fruit! And now… art?

See these vitrines? We imagine they’re what you’d get if you put Damien Hirst alone in the woods with a chainsaw.

In point of fact, they’re the work of young British-born artist Anthony James, who combines chopped birch trees from Minnesota, two-way mirrors, and fluorescents or LEDS to create gobstopping sculptures that look like infinite forests trapped in a light box.

James displayed three of the birch vitrines at Patrick Painter, Inc., in Santa Monica, Calif., recently, alongside a companion piece featuring a charred black Ferrari 355 Spider. The car was James’s prized possession, but then he went and set it ablaze and stuffed the carcass in a tank — for his art or something.

More photos when you click through.