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Discarded Chair Dragon

Posted on: September 2, 2009

Benjamin Jones and Anna Hecker have created Discarded – a 30′ long creature made entirely from discarded furniture found on the streets of Brooklyn.  The Black Rock Arts website had this to say about the project and about people’s general feeling about using found objects – and I couldn’t have said it better myself… I think people need to take this on board and have a serious rethink about second-hand materials:

‘While the sidewalks of New York City on trash night are a rich resource of useful items and cultural artifacts, most New Yorkers hold pre-conceived fears of tapping into this resource: practical fears of dirt and vermin, and emotional fears based on  the societal perception of welcoming discarded items into our homes. The resulting  obsession with new purchases saps the world of natural resources, and the ease of  shopping versus crafting creates a psychic distance from our belongings that enables  us to acquire and discard at will. By refocusing our communities on the process of  foraging and creation, we can help transform our society into one that values originality and sustainability rather than purposeless consumption.’




via Apartment Therapy

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