looking out of EnviroHouse towards the Tacoma transfer station
“Where do you get the materials for your recycled art projects” is a question that Ruby Re-Usable and other trash artists are often asked. The fortunate artists of San Francisco, California have an artist-in-residence program at the San Francisco Solid Waste Transfer and Recycling Center (otherwise known as “the dump”), where they have 24 hour access to studio space and all the junk that would otherwise go to the landfills or recycling centers.
interior view of the EnviroHouse
And while the artists of South Puget Sound don’t have art studios at the Tacoma Landfill (yet), we do have the EnviroHouse, a green-built model home that showcases recycled art along with green building and natural landscaping ideas. The current exhibit features our friends Jenny Fillius, who works with tins to create assemblages, Leo Schmidt (lamps and clocks from bike parts), and Pierce Elaine Davis, a photographer that makes intriguing boxes.
Pierce, Jenny and Leo with EnviroHouse director Janda Volkmer (in black)