Friday, July 23, 2010

Green art from Texas

Posted By on Fri, Jul 23, 2010 at 2:21 PM

As part of my biannual-ish visit to family in San Antonio, Texas, I write with some notes about this chic and well-executed art/design show we happened upon at the Architecture Foundation of San Antonio: Zero Waste: Beauty From Junk a part of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette annual Fall Design Competition.

The Foundation is located along the Museum Reach stretch of the Riverwalk (built in the recently gentrified Pearl Brewery area).

Students used recycled and reclaimed objects and materials to create a shadow box-esque piece or mandala. But the project had an extra step, offering short poems or quotes as another source of inspiration. Thus, each work is presented with a compelling list of "ingredient" materials and the student's chosen quote.

Some of the quotes were:

The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful. — e.e. cummings

No one can tell you where you are, each moment is a place you've never been. — Unknown

Under the traffic, deep in the Earth, the urban forest waits, still, for a thousand years. — Thomas Transtromer

This work was inspired by the Transtromer quote.
  • This work was inspired by the Transtromer quote.

And unlike a lot of recycled art, which usually have a rough-shod aesthetic, most of these pieces were highly polished with a finely honed finish. Here are some other notable works, made from such humble objects as cardboard, screws, paper key tags, folders, pins, mesh and plastic bottle caps.

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