I was recently told that I am “obsessive about plastic.” It’s true, and here’s why: there’s this thing called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a.k.a. the Eastern Garbage Patch, a.k.a. the Pacific Trash Vortex. Google any of those terms, and you will be more disgusted than you’d imagine. The gist is this: basically, there’s a bunch of plastic trash floating in the ocean. Now it’s estimated to be two times the size of Texas, and it’s threatening wildlife. It’s toxic to the environment. It’s way lame. So, what to do? Well, first of all, don’t buy plastic. Next, don’t use plastic if you don’t need it, and recycle as much of whatever plastic you have as you can. Sometimes you’ll just end up with it anyway.
I got inspired to make art out of my trash stash, so I recently went through my non-recyclable plastics and pulled out all of my take-out coffee lids. I try to use a mug or go without the lid, but here are all the ones I ended up with (non-recyclable in my local area):
My earthy pal Arika inspired this idea, so I took over her garage for the day, and the result was a mobile made out of plastic lids and an Andy Warhol print. I attached it to a piece of cardboard (also trash), and hung it from a clothes hanger.
So. I’m calling the creation, simply, garage art. The idea behind garage art is to create something beautiful out of the trash we can’t get rid of and hang it up in the garage as a reminder to recycle. That way, more plastic is staying out of the oceans, and creative juices flow in the process. If anyone out there has any similar creations, I’d be psyched to see or hear about them!