Dan Steinhilber, Untitled, 2002 Plastic Bag Chandelier
More plastic bag art and facts from MadSilence. Why? Because we want to!
First, here’s the art.
Here’s Joshua Allen Harris’ Loch Ness Monster lurking on the streets of Manhattan. Via the WordPress blog BedTea.
And then there’s the Plastic Bag Monster attacking pedestrians and cars in the streets of San Francisco.
Kites made from plastic trash bags by Miwa Koizumi
Here are some Garbage Bag Art Works from Japan via PinkTentacle.
Diane Kurzyna’s project entitled “Ephemeral Folks” “involved an installation of four archetypal figures that roamed the City of Olympia in a variety of ways. Created from humble materials such as unwanted plastic wrap, used bubble wrap, and tape, these sculptures became a metaphor for the transience of life, their presence a reminder that even commonplace moments may possess a quiet magic.”
Ephemeral Folk by Diane Kurzyna
Artist Diane Kurzyna, aka Ruby Re-Usable, uses recycled, reused, discarded, unwanted, unloved, lost and found, pre- and post- consumer waste materials in her work because she lives by the motto: MAKE ART NOT WASTE!
Bag Lady in the Alley by Diane Kurzyna, aka Ruby Re-Usable (plastic wrap and tape)
Cathy Kasdan knitted an entire 1950s ensemble out of old grocery shopping bags. This dress is all hand knit from grocery bags that were the result of actual trips to the grocery store. Via BoingBoing.
Artist Judith Selby Lang created “ReCycle Ryoan-ji”, a 20′ x 48′ replica of Ryoan-ji Garden in Kyoto made entirely out of recycled materials.
Now for some facts.
Go to IGotMyBag.org for a campaign to remind people to bring “your own bags every time you go to the store. It’s one simple way to go green in your daily life.” Includes enlightening statistics about paper and plastic bags, bagging solutions from around the world, tips to remember your bags, and links to related sites. From the San Francisco Bay Area Recycling Outreach Coalition.
The City of Westminster’s Reusable Grocery Bag campaign “provides you with an opportunity to use your own bags at the grocery store and answer “neither” when asked by baggers whether you want “paper or plastic.” By utilizing these bags, you are reducing litter in our beautiful city, supporting sustainability of our natural resources and reducing waste in landfills. The intent of these bags is not revenue generation, but instead education on how citizens can purchase products that not only support sustainability but keep our city beautiful!”
Related post: The art of the plastic bag
Tide turns against use of plastic bags from USA Today
Series of blunders turned the plastic bag into global villain from TimesOnLine UK
AUGUST 24, 2008 EXTRA:
Plastic Bag Art 1: “Madame” by Jet Mondares
“This is one of the Art works of Mr. Jet Mondares. Sometime August of 2007, he started an artistic campaign in response to the global call to reduce, reuse and recycle plastic bags. Since then, he had visited schools in the city where he gave talks on the hazard of plastic bags. In the process, he demonstrated how his arts were done. Mr Mondares aims to encourage everyone to join his cause.”