Posted by: Mark | May 28, 2009

It really was Trash, and it really became Treasure

Tonight was the very cool Trash Into Treasure art exhibit premiere down on Market Street. The exhibit was sponsored by SMART Art, and ended up getting over 700 submissions. They offered 20 different “finalists” the chance to be included in a gallery for a month, and the Plastic Wave was one of them. Of course, Kathleen and I were really siked to be included in the select group. Tonight was definitely memorable; the creativity behind the different pieces in the exhibit was staggering.

The social scene was excellent. I got to see a bunch of old friends from the Kill the Spill days, and had a great time catching up with the Story of Stuff’s creator Annie Leonard, who was one of the judges for the contest. (We spent a good deal of time swapping stories about how it felt to be in the New York Times.) I even met the guy who made the video itself, which as a moviemaker was quite neat, and he totally remembered and loved my class’ video. Ah, the connections.

But I’m getting distracted from the main event: the art pieces. I snapped a couple of pictures of some of the best ones, and I hope you enjoy the pictures.

In the meantime, the exhibit is up for the next month. It’s totally worth checking out! It’s basically at the corner of Franklin and Market, and is called the Lincart Gallery. You may not be able to get current access to all the exhibits, but ask, b/c he more industrial room has some definite winners.

This is awesome. It's a functional guitar made out of a shovel, with a seat belt as the guitar strap. Solid.

This is awesome. It's a functional guitar made out of a shovel, with a seat belt as the guitar strap. Solid.

Here's the maker of the guitar (I didn't catch his name) playing his creation.

Here's the maker of the guitar (I didn't catch his name) playing his creation.

A type-writer broom sweeping up leaves of old books.

A type-writer broom sweeping up leaves of old books.

This dress is made entirely of old plastic, like bubble wrap, tubing, etc. The wig too. There was an accompanying video, and it looks like this thing was modeled on a runway in Venice.

This dress is made entirely of old plastic, like bubble wrap, tubing, etc. The wig too. There was an accompanying video, and it looks like this thing was modeled on a runway in Venice.

this quilt is made entirely of tea bags, which is both a cool idea, and hilarious to say.

this quilt is made entirely of tea bags, which is both a cool idea, and hilarious to say.

these speakers (fully functional, I might add) are made out of old suitcases. Pretty snazzy.

these speakers (fully functional, I might add) are made out of old suitcases. Pretty snazzy.

this chair is made out of road signs. A friend from twitter suggested that this be called "Federal Offense."

this chair is made out of road signs. A friend from twitter suggested that this be called "Federal Offense."

this was the winner of the contest. It's called "Grass," and it's made of literally thousands of shreds of aluminum from cans to resemble a large patch of grass. (Dimensions are probably something like 20 ft x 20 ft if I had to eyeball it.)

this was the winner of the contest. It's called "Grass," and it's made of literally thousands of shreds of aluminum from cans to resemble a large patch of grass. (Dimensions are probably something like 20 ft x 20 ft if I had to eyeball it.)

and here it is: the Plastic Wave. So cool to have this displayed amongst pieces like the ones from above.

and here it is: the Plastic Wave. So cool to have this displayed amongst pieces like the ones from above.

I don't know why this picture is so spotty (it's like we were in a dust storm or something), but this is me, Kathleen, and Annie Leonard.

I don't know why this picture is so spotty (it's like we were in a dust storm or something), but this is me, Kathleen, and Annie Leonard.

The SMART Art contest site has been recently updated with pictures and artist statements from the winners. They are definitely worth checking out here.

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Responses

  1. Peccato che sono partita, mi sarebbe piaciuto vedere questa mostra!!!

  2. Rock on. Thanks for the heads up.

  3. Very cool. I think the suitcase speakers might be my favorites, though – they would definitely snazz up my dorm room.

  4. Great pictures. My camera does that too sometimes, with the spots. Don’t know what causes that effect.


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