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: