Waste Not

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Chinese artist Song Dong takes the concept of pack rat to the extreme in a new exhibit up at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Projects 90: Song Dong, via 16 Miles of String on Flickr

Projects 90: Song Dong, via 16 Miles of String on Flickr

From the MoMA site:

A collaboration first conceived of with the artist’s mother, the installation consists of the complete contents of her home, amassed over fifty years during which the Chinese concept of wu jin qi yong, or “waste not,” was a prerequisite for survival. The assembled materials, ranging from pots and basins to blankets, oil flasks, and legless dolls, form a miniature cityscape that viewers can navigate around and through.

Via unconsumption via box vox.

More fab photos from 16 miles of string here.

NYT review here.

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3 Responses to “Waste Not”

  1. italicious Says:

    Wow had I known I could have had a show at Moma with the contents of my grandparents house in New Jersey, they had the same concept of never throwing anything away. Plastic coffee stirrers from McDonalds, my Dad’s grades from the 1st grade through college, old barbie dolls whose legs broke and my grandfather fixed with a bolt, frankenbarbie!
    Brilliant!

  2. Ruby Re-Usable Says:

    love the idea of the Moma show, and yet I smile at italicious’ comments, ’cause my 1st generation Polish-American father, who lived thru the Depression (the great one, not the not-so-great one we have now), also never threw stuff away, hoarded all sorts of things that had potential (not always realized) for being used again, and now I live in a similar way!

    wish we could have international “waste not” show, exhibit of what folks around the globe save with the intention of reusing (I know there must be lots of folks in America today who still do that, despite USA being such a wealthy nation)

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