Archive for October, 2008

Waste Man

Sunday, October 5, 2008

“Some works are made in wax to be cast in bronze; this was made in domestic waste to be cast in fire.”—Antony Gormley on his Waste Man project (photo ripped from artist’s site)

Via the Belgian blog Sculpture, a resource for art students studying sculpture at Beaux Arts in Brussels.


Sunday, October 5, 2008

While in Zambia this week, I came accross a straw hamper in the waiting area of the Swedish embassy in Lusaka labeled “Chikumbuso“.  It was decorated with an HIV ribbon woven from plastic bags and had a sign on it saying any old plastic bags placed in the hamper would be used to make new woven bags.  It turns out Chikumbuso is a community center that serves widows, single mothers, grandmothers and orphans by running a school for the children and teaching women income-generating skils (such as how to make a bag out of old plastic bags).  I tried to find the place online before leaving, but alas was not able to arrange a visit.  I did find this sweet little video of the women singing, though.

Photo by LearnServe International, found on Flickr

Weekly Compactor

Sunday, October 5, 2008

This week in trash news:

  • A former street child from Kenya cleans up the neighborhood;
  • Message to people who put messages in bottles, don’t toss them in the ocean;
  • U.S. fines a Korean company for dumping oily waste;
  • Padre Island, Texas is getting trashed; and
  • Allied Waste tries out recycling incentives in Minnesota.

Photo of Texas beach debris ripped from the A.P.

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