Monday, September 22, 2008

Turning trash into art in San Francisco

While listening to NPR, I just heard about this wonderful artist in residence program in San Francisco: artists are invited to use trash from the city dump to create artwork. These are my kinds of artists, though to be honest I am too squeamish to go "dumpster diving." Maybe if I hadn't seen all that e. coli and staph aureus in my high school microbiology class I wouldn't get as queasy as I do now. But since I have this particular affliction, I am content to just collect unwanted cardboard boxes or buy bags of shredded money from the government. Come to think of it, I bet that old money is filthy! Who knows where it's been? Okay, let me not think about it.

Still, I think if Chicago is to be as "green" as Mayor Daley claims it to be, we need a program like this, too. And maybe I'd participate, wearing a hazmat suit, of course.

Anyway, if you want to listen to the NPR story, click here:

In San Francisco, Making Art At The Dump by Lisa Morehouse

Visit the San Francisco dump here:

And here are the sites of the current artists in residence:


  1. Just wanted to tell you I love your meringue painting, it's very joyful and nice! Thanks also for leaving a comment on my blog :)

  2. Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog! I had a lot of fun making "Meringue." As I reacall, I applied the modeling paste to the canvas using a spoon purloined from my college cafeteria, so I made the peaks and points the same way I would if I were making a meringue pie, I guess...


Thanks for reading my blog! Comments make me happy. Spam makes me mad.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Share This Post