Subway Animals Come to Life via RubenMiller
Via Reuben Miller, here’s a story from the Wooster Collective about an artist who makes animal figures out of discarded plastic bags. Tied to the ventilation grates above the subway lines, the figures jump up and spring to life whenever the subway rushes by.
Here’s a video of the Air Bear and another of the Air Zoo from TodayandTomorrow.net. Also the name of the artist: Joshua Allen Harris.
A simple and creative way to deal with a chronic problem. What to do with all those used plastic bags? The ugly truth about our plastic bag addiction is that the world’s consumption rate is now estimated at well over 500,000,000,000 (that’s 500 billion) plastic bags annually, or almost 1 million per minute. More plastic bag facts:
–The U.S. goes through 100 billion plastic shopping bags annually. An estimated 12 million barrels of oil is required to make that many plastic bags.
–Recycling rates for plastic bags are extremely low. Only 1 to 3% of plastic bags end up getting recycled.
Recycled plastic bag chicken from Wow! Imports
Wow! Imports offers one possible solution. This recycled, fair trade plastic bag chicken is handcrafted by disadvantaged crafters in South Africa. The chickens are made from a wide range of colorful recycled plastic. No chicken is alike. Some even have logos from Fanta and Coca Cola.
Mark Jenkins’ How to Make a Plastic Bag Eating Giraffe
Artist Mark Jenkins takes a different approach. Jenkins advocates making tape giraffes to eat the plastic bags.
Argentinean designer and artist Marina Gryciuk uses techniques such as crochet and embroidery to reuse bags, cassette plastic tapes and old cloths. These cushions are knitted from recycled plastic grocery bags.
The message is clear: Reuse and Recycle.
Related MadSilence posts: Tape Art Redux: the Aesthetics of Tape