Vik Muniz Waste Land
The study into the Jardin Gramacho pickers done by Muniz allowed me too see how waste material too some people holds a lot more valuable than most of us in the Western world. As the pickers filled their sacks with material, more and more I began to appreciate the simple structure of something like a plastic blow moulded bottle. This film allowed me to get into the minds of the pickers and prepare myself for collecting and sourcing materials, which had been discarded.
Picking materials from places is not something I would recommend for everyone, but once you break the taboo of it being a dirty process there are no more qualms surrounding this scouring of the streets, and watching this video helped me realise this.
Muniz came into thought about his real intention with the experiment and concluded although he had played a helpful part at the time he was there, the pickers will continue to work and waste will only be produced at a faster pace. But in creating art from the landfill he’s given a new perspective on rubbish, provided hope and highlighted an important issue for the worlds waste.
SkipWaste By Oliver Bishop Young
The first is a proposal for a website where people upload information about the contents of skips so others can salvage items they need from them. The SkipWaste site would be searchable by items required or location and shows a photo of each skip plus its location on a map. The second project involved converting empty skips into public spaces such as skate parks, swimming pools and gardens.
This idea I see as being involving, sustainable and refreshing for the user, by giving them a feeling of environmental awareness and that their unloved things can be transformed into useful products for the home. Waste disposal of usable materials and products is something I see all around, and a Dutch design team Waarmakers have produced bright coloured sacks in the hope these things will be picked up and separating them from the other waste in a bid to encourage sustainable behavior.
Recycled product design
8th International Istanbul Biennial 2003