Art provides innovative ways of the reuse of materials, elements and products. Using recycled material to create a sculpture can help foster more conversation and change in the dialogue of making the places in which we live cleaner, safer and wiser. It can also help retain the cultural and social narrative of the community - a celebration, if you will, of old materials and styles of years gone by.
The presence of artistic pieces establish a sense of identity: something people can attach meaning and memory to. The pieces themselves can become bearers of personal memories, and as a whole develop a general collective memory, which can serve as the foundation for identity. The sculptures allow for an experience to be shared by its viewers, both past and present. With age, the materials used will evoke a feeling of survival. Its ability to have survived brings us closer to it, not just as singular materials, but as the summation of a whole.
How a piece can work for you
In the contemporary pursuit of sustainable development, communities have a lot to gain from repurposing elements and products designated for the waste stream. Circumventing the wasteful process of demolition and reconstruction alone sells the environmental benefits of reuse. Environmental benefits, combined with energy savings and the social advantage of repurposing make these pieces an essential component in creating a sustainable society.
If you are a/an: Municipality, region, developer, manufacturer, organisation, or just a lover of purposeful art, these are some ways pieces could work for you:
Supports new vision of urban design - Reducing carbon footprint
Introduces the complex fields of sustainability in the public realm
Sparks discourse regarding recycled content, changing expectations regarding reclamation
Fosters powerful connection to place
Facilitates identification with the community/employees
Serves as a continuous, participatory process of social criticism
Advances the connection between the patron and their environmental sensibilities
I have been involved in art and education for the past ten years and have the pleasure of working with community programs such as ArtsSmarts Waterloo Region in an effort foster equity and inclusion in classrooms by giving students a new set of tools to express their learning.
In 2017 I teamed with a wonderful teaching team at Rockway Public School in Kitchener, Ontario to promote education through the arts with a Kindergarten class. Linked below is the project review.