Creative Uses for the Driverless Car?

First, if you haven’t seen it, watch this…

Far fewer accidents of all types,

no more elderly having to give up their keys,

rush-hour, road rage, perhaps on the endangered species list,

what other benefits can you imagine?


And what might be the problems?


And… alternate uses?

Baby carriages that follow behind mother without having to be pushed?

Homecare caddies for the handicapped?

Can you think of anymore?


If the driverless car takes off, it will change the world.

Pitch your possibilities and your cautions here.

Create a New Way to Create Art!

I have worked extensively in the arts, with Symphony Orchestras, museums, art celebrations, conferences, retreats, and more. I am always looking for new things to do with art. Most of the time, however, what I come up with is utterly ridiculous. But then again, so are some of the ways of creating art that have actually been accepted as serious art. So, who knows? (Dada? Genius!)

Here are a few ideas I have had.  What ideas can you come up with? Who knows? Maybe you’ll change the face of art forever.


Antiart–describe what you didn’t create (or Non-performance art–describe what you didn’t do.)

Art to wrap yourself around, made for touching, physically interacting with–kind of like furniture, but for unique physical experience, not for comfort.

Arrange the address on your letters or envelopes in some graphic form. Give the post office both an aesthetic and logistical challenge.

While sun is shining, lay a large piece of white paper under a tree or bush, trace where the light is.  Or, put a canvas under a bush, pour paints on the bush, it drips on the canvas.

Tease alligator with a board or log, alligator bites log, tears it up–alligator sculpture.

Glue different colored ants into an ant collage.

Create a work of art from the craters careful created by dropping bombs.

Spirals and other designs on things shot or thrown so that when they are shot or thrown it looks psychedelic.

Space paint ball–ship full of various paints shot at moon or Mars or asteroid. Ship explodes right above the surface and spreads the paint all over.

Artistically designed diapers. “Pooblo Peecassos” (Or training pants–“Vincent Van Gogh Potty”)

Balloons with interesting, colorful images that look more and more funny as they get blown up.

Carefully cut banana peels–bananagami?

Half peel bananas, carve the banana into an interesting sculpture.

Paint the exteriors of buildings so they look like something they’re not, like the natural surroundings, or just interesting. Could paint a whole block of buildings to look like a mountain range, a forest, space, anything weird.

Artistically colored baseball bats.

Local artists commissioned to artistically paint bus and park benches, or to paint the benches in themes appropriate to the community.

Art made just from fruit and berry juices, and other smashed or liquefied foods.

Bicycle spokes designed so as they spin, they make Psychedelic spirals or other interesting designs.

Boats painted to look like sea creatures or other things that would be fun and funny to see floating on the water.

Paint the inside of a bottle so that the art can be seen from the outside without being touched, and just to impress others.

Float cereal in the milk in your bowl.  Maneuver the cereal bits into designs.

Use techniques in clay shrinking design to construct bread loaves with interesting designs.

Arrange normal breakfast items on a large plate to create a work of art.

Designs that could be created in the walls of houses just be using bricks of different designs and textures.

Light bulbs of interesting colors and textures that cast different colors and designs.

Paint individual kernels of corn with different colors to make a design on the cob.  Can then be eaten.

In a place where there will be a big crowd, mark places on the ground where  people can walk, so that from the sky the flow of traffic makes an interesting design.

Curtains designed so that seen from the outside they make faces, or scenes, or weird scenes of the inside that couldn’t possibly be.

A dictionary where all the definitions are in verse, or poetry.

Dyes poured in draining water so that it swirls into an interesting design.

Drumheads with fun designs and artistic images.

Ear makeup.

Fan blades designed so when they swirl they make interesting designs.

Garage doors with rotating panels that are painted so that when they rotate they show different pictures or images.

Rotating globes, like world globe, except they’re artistically designed spheres. They might make interesting designs as they rotate.

Buy an island, landscape the whole thing so that from the air it looks really                     interesting.

Different colors/flavors of jam painted on to toast.  Or maybe also use peanut butter and other spreads.

Leaves raked into an artistic design.

Library shelves with book spines positioned to make interesting designs or pictures.

Plan a city park so that from the air it’s an interesting design or piece of art.

Penguins arranged on an ice flow into an interesting shape.

Roof tiles arranged on roof to make interesting designs or messages, or maybe color-         changing tiles that can change according to instructions, so you can tell the roof what       signs to have.  Also, the same with bricks on the side of the house.

Screens on screen doors–see-through designs

Paint stairs so that they look like those folding art pieces, where when you look at it from one angle you see one thing, look at it from another you see something else.


Invent new playground equipment!

When I want to create new types of something, one of my favorite approaches is just to add a random noun to the idea I want to create and see what I come up with.

Here are some new types of playground equipment and activities I have come up with.  See if you can invent new playground equipment.  Post your ideas in the comments section.  You might change the way children play forever!


bag–Bag swing.  Bag has a zipper entrance.  Unzip the entrance, climb in, zip it back up, people push you. (Of course you need to be able to breathe, and get yourself out if you need to.)

bicycle–A bicycle built for several that goes along a circular track.  Kids get on, peddle, see how fast they can get the bicycle going.  (Can’t go too fast for safety’s sake.)

birdcage–What’s it like being in a zoo?  Several zoo habitats where the kids climb in and are the animals.  Other kids can pretend to be the spectators.

castle–A smaller replica of any famous castle or other building for kids to climb and play in.

caterpillar–Caterpillar body pieces, kids climb in them, stick their feet out to walk, hook up with the end of the caterpillar.  Have to follow the head.


Tell your creative friends about this blog.  Teachers and parents, I would love to see what your kids could come up with.

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Over time, I will also talk a lot about the creative process. I guarantee that following this blog will make you a more creative person.


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