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Theme: The theme for our project is trash and recycling. The work of
Mierle Ukeles in New York City interested us because she was making people
aware of the amount of trash they make. On the Artsednet site, for the
Getty, in the image galleries there is a site called recycled art. This
art is made from what one person may call trash but these artist turn into
Mierle Ukeles, Touch Sanitation, 1978-79
Touch Sanitation was a year-long project, designed to bring public
awareness to the overlooked and ignored subject of waste and waste
disposal. Ukeles' piece involves a trek through New York City, dressed in
an orange jump suit, in which she attempts to shake hands with and say
"thank you," to every sanitation worker in the city. In addition, Ukeles
documents and calls attention to society's dismissive and condescending
attitude towards "sanmen" by documenting their personal histories, as well
as the popular diction used by common culture when referring to sanitation
Ukeles, Flow City, 1985-present
Flow City is an on going public art piece designed to call attention the
never ending and vast amount of solid waste produced in New York City. It
is a walk-through installation in the sanitation department's Marine
Transfer Facility that consists of walkways and observation decks made of
recycled materials from which the viewer can see, smell and hear the
process of waste disposal, normally concealed from the public eye. From
different observation points viewers see contrasting sights: a pristine,
stereotypical sky-line view of New York City, television monitors showing
activity occurring throughout the facility along with video segments on
waste disposal and environmental issues, and a view of the endless and
[peaceful stream of barges, hauling mounds of solid waste down the Hudson
River to the landfill on Staten Island.
Senegal Dakar, Nescafe Briefcase, 1980
Mis-printed factory-milled metal sheeting for tin cans, scrap wood,
manufactured hardware, color comics on newsprint
used for lining. 16 1/2" H x 9"W x 3 1/4"D.
The logo says "Nescafe" in huge white letters. It resembles pop art. It is
a briefcase. The rest of the logo says "instant coffee." The logo is for
coffee, there is a red coffee cup resting upon a pile of coffee beans. The
label has somehow not passed inspection for the real canister of Nescafe
coffee so it has been recycled into this briefcase. The sides are also
logos, but are unreadable. The briefcase has a black handle and a gold
latch to keep it closed.
Saarenald, T.S. Yaawaisan, Toy Helicopter, 1990
"Flip-flop" thong sandals, scraps of wood and rubber
Four multi-colored wheels prop this toy helicopter off the ground.
Beneath the helicopter is a red thumbtack that is connected to two purple
rubber bands, it appears as if this device is used to make the propeller
turn when activated. the propeller is made of scraps of wood, that have
pieces of purple flip-flops connected to the ends. There are two long
propellers, then two shorter, and then two short. the body of the
helicopter is made of multi-colored materials-blue, green, yellow, and
red. It has a window at the front, what happens appears to be a door to
enter on the side, and a tail. The tail is made up of a wheel, and another
purple flip-flop attached to a stick propeller.
Saarenald T.S Yaawaisan
This handmade toy replicates a contemporary film projector. It is a
miniature projector made of metal cans, cogs, plastic scrap and optical
lenses and was designed to actually project images onto a screen. The toy
represents "high-tech" products that people see every day.
Nicho with Adam and Eve
Lee Carter, designer
Nicho with Adam and Eve was made in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato,
Mexico. It is one of Carter's copyright items that combines sacred and
profane images into a visual pun. Carter uses misprinted sheet metal for
apple juice cans to frame Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Other
materials such as solder, glass, and chromolithograph are used to make
this 6 3/4" X 2" Object.