At Olympia Dumpster Divers, we, of course, believe every day is Earth Day, but we do appreciate the officially designated holiday as a way to emphasize and celebrate the love for Mother Earth.
Here in Olympia, Washington, USA, there is the annual Spring Olympia Arts Walk, which this year happens to coincide with Earth Day and always has lots of sustainable/recycled/upcycled/green/Earth-Day themed art (plus a parade), including Carrie Ziegler‘s latest community-participation installation at WET Science Center; read more about it HERE
In Seattle, our friend Terra Holcomb will unveil “Terra Spiritus” at Method Gallery; she will also be giving an artist talk today (which is also her birthday — Happy Earthday Birthday, Terra!).
Terra Spiritus is a 12 foot tall moss dress that is inspired by tree hollows found in Washington’s old growth trees in the Olympic and North Cascade forests. Visitors are invited to rest inside the epic dress to reconnect with the sounds of nature, while discovering hidden surprises tucked in the mossy cave
And at the Portland airport baggage claim, we have Nancy Judd‘s PDX Weather Advisory:
So HAPPY EARTH DAY to everyone and Chag Pesach Sameach, too!
Second-hand Sid and Ruby Re-Usable finally figured out wherethese sculptures are (hint: they are in Tumwater, not Olympia).
Guerrilla Man writes that the sculptures underneath I-5 are “a revision and repurposing of the sculptural elements of a previous project.” As far as we can tell, these figures have been there since September 2013. The installations in the woods seem to have started around that time, too, using materials that were found on the site (plus some extra wire and nails). Inspired by graffiti, Guerrilla Man’s unsanctioned art is worth searching for. The experience of finding art in unusual/hidden/unauthorized places is part of the excitement of this kind of work. See more pics HERE
Happy Oly Arts Walk! Olympia Arts Walk brings out the creativity in our citizens, and every year more folks are working with trash/recycled materials to make amazing art. Here is a preview:
Thurston County solid waste educator Carrie Ziegler and environmental health educator Jennifer Johnson worked with more than 700 students to create “Rise Above Plastics: The Butterfly Effect,” an installation made from reused juice pouches, which is on display in the lobby of The Washington Center for the Performing Arts. (#81 on the Arts Walk map) More info HERE
Jennifer Kuhns will once again have her mosaics made from salvaged stain glass and other materials in the window of Hot Toddy (#95 on Arts Walk map).
The Olympia Timberland Regional Library has Peeps Art Dioramas, Lincoln Elementary School youth art, and recycled materials sculptures made by youths with Tinkertopia (#70 on Arts Walk map).
Ruby’s studio mate, Amanda Weiss of Three Bad Seeds, transforms old wool sweaters and blankets into not-quite-toys-but-not-quite-traditional pillows (#107 on Arts Walk map).
Matter Gallery always has art from green/sustainable/recycled materials on display (#109 on the Arts Walk map), plus daily comic strips by Chelsea Baker (who utilized cardboard packaging to mount her strips)
And of course, Ruby Re-Usable will also be around for Arts Walk, either at the studio (416 Washington St SE, which is #107 on the Arts Walk map) or, weather permitting, wandering the streets with her shopping cart full of fabulous repurposed plastic bag flower fascinators for sale.
At Rice University Art Gallery, New York artist Aurora Robson recycles 15,000 plastic bottles into one spectacular, room-sized work of art called The Great Indoors. Visitors enter the gallery through membrane-like, translucent tunnels and move through a colorful landscape based loosely on the micro-world of cellular processes. Attracted by the idea of re-use, as well as by the beauty and complex curves of plastic bottles, Robson used more than 15,000 of them in her installation at Rice Gallery. Robson let the shape and thickness of each bottle determine how she cut it. Then, using heat and at least 55,000 rivets, she constructed and painted lavishly detailed organic forms, which bring to mind deep-sea creatures, jungle plants, and microorganisms. Such allusions to hidden worlds are fitting since it is childhood dreams of oozing blobs and strings that Robson names as the source of all her work.
Shelton Dumpster Diver Barbara De Pirro creates biomorphic spheres by crocheting repurposed plastic bags, then arranging these pods in intriguing settings that mimic nature in unsettling ways. Her most recent installation, vortex plastica, opens October 9, 2010 at 912 Broadway in Tacoma, part of Spaceworks Tacoma’s creative use for vacant spaces. Barbara is also a 2010 recipient of an Artist Trust GAP grant; read more about De Pirro’s recycled art HERE and HERE
Last month, our dumpster diving friend in New Jersey, Wanda Wastenot, took us on a tour of thrifts stores, rummage sales, art galleries and public art installations in the Asbury Park area. We bought a full-sized New Jersey state flag for $1.50 along with some other treasures, stopped into Art 629 Gallery to admire Bradley Hoffer’s work (we also loved his murals on the boardwalk and even got a tee shirt with one of his bird designs), purchased a piece by “k-so Stinky Cheese,” the prolific Asbury Park graffiti artist who had stuff up at Hold Fast, and otherwise had fun exploring this famous down-but-not out Jersey shore town.
Our favorite stop was the “piling field.” Wanda referred to it as the telephone pole nursery (Ruby thought it looked like a tree stump graveyard), but a local art aficionado filled us in about this site, explaining that artist Marah Fellicce created the colorful fabric and chicken wire wrappings around some of the pylons as part of the Sculptoure urban art installations. The pylons are pilings from a failed urban renewal project; the tiki faces stenciled on many of the pylons are the work of a street artist (not part of the official project, but the artist received a blessing from Marah to do it), and the stuff that has been piled on top of the pylons is placed there by various people who simply feel compelled to interact with the site. Again, Ruby was reminded of graveyards, the way we leave small rocks on the headstones in Jewish cemeteries or the decorated Gypsy graves or makeshift roadside memorials.
See more pics and info about this project HERE and more pics of art around Asbury Park HERE
Dumpster Divers Evan Blackwell and Anne Baumgartner are the first 2 artists participating in the The Fremont Vacant Space Exhibition, an ongoing series aimed at utilizing vacant storefronts in Fremont for art installations in-between tenants:
We did not get a chance to see Britta Johnson in action, but we did read about her artistic endeavors at the Seattle South Recycling and Disposal Station, where visitors were asked for small pieces of trash as they waited on line to unload. Britta animated the pieces at a small mobile animation stand and then returned them to their owners in time to be thrown away. The resulting animation can be viewed HERE