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L.A. Billboards Could Be Transformed Into Floating Bamboo Gardens

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Think we need to get a little creative with where we put our green space in Los Angeles? One local artist has an innovative idea that he is trying to launch where billboards would be transformed into floating bamboo gardens. The project is called "Urban Air," and is the vision of Steven Glassman, who now also has a Kickstarter fundraiser going to get his idea off the ground--literally.

Glassman explains his project on his site:

Urban air transforms existing urban billboards to living, suspended bamboo gardens. Embedded with intelligent technology, Urban Air becomes a global node - an open space in the urban skyline… An artwork, a symbol, and instrument for a green future.

And this isn't just pie in the sky. "Urban Air has been designed, engineered, and has secured the billboard to carry the flagship project," notes the project's Kickstarter page, which elaborates:

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Summit Media - a Los Angeles based billboard company - [has] volunteered to lend their support and donate prominent billboards along major LA thoroughfares to provide the launch pad for the first Urban Air prototype.

The prototype and all its supplies and gear will give Urban Air the ability to create "kits" of materials so that any billboard can undergo the same transformation.

Glassman's CV includes a tremendous list of public art pieces and other prominent installations. The Urban Air Kickstarter will be up and running until December 11, and is seeking a total of $100,000 to get the prototype set up.