Practical Tree Sculpting — Living Bridges by the War-Khasis of India

The living bridges of Cherrapunji, India are made from the roots of the Ficus elastica tree. The root bridges, some of which are over a hundred feet long, take ten to fifteen years to become fully functional, but they’re extraordinarily strong – strong enough that some of them can support the weight of fifty or more people at a time.

Because they are alive and still growing, the bridges actually gain strength over time – and some of the ancient root bridges used daily by the War-Khasis people of the villages around Cherrapunji may be well over five hundred years old.

Ai Wei Wei With Milk

Ai Wei Wei With Milk

On our trip to Portland we stopped in a couple book stores and I picked up the book Ai Wei Wei With Milk in one of them. Ai Wei Wei has recently been disappeared in China and there have been demonstrations around the world to find out where he is. After the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. Ai Weiwei decided ...