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Jul282011

YAWS and ARTUP! Exhibit Garbage Globes at TEDxGoldenGate: Teach Compassion

The motivation to create our Garbage Globes emerged from a talk given by philosopher Slavoj Zizek in the documentary “An Examined Life.” Zizek makes the argument that today's ecologists must feel as comfortable in a landfill as they do in an old growth forest. As our landfills grow, we have to consider man-made or artificial materials as another part of nature. Zizek believes it is time to stop processing refuse from a mind set of shame, disdain, and denial. With awareness, compassion, and creativity we can see what we produce and consume in a new light, and discover poignance and beauty in our garbage.

 

The Garbage Globes were built to demonstrate how we can create something dynamic by combining natural materials with things we usually throw away or recycle. Artificial materials are seen new ways when reconfigured and placed in a new context. Everything used to construct the globes was found in salvage yards, garages, junk drawers, garbage cans, or recycle bins. Students from Berkeley’s Young Artists Workspace (YAWS) and participants of ART UP! brought in bags of collected plastic cups, soda bottles, bubble wrap, rubber bands, plastic bags, leftover building supplies, and garden debris and sculpted them into amazing artistic materials.  

 

Berkeley High School student and YAWS artist Madeline King describes her experience as a globe collaborator, “One of the main ideas behind our project is that trash, or what people consider to be trash, is not necessarily something to be disposed of. I was amazed how plastic cups or wads of crumpled brown paper seem worthless alone, but when you secure masses of them together, you start to notice the power and beauty within them. I love how the installations look, how pieces of garbage form interesting patterns when you give them attention and appreciation.”

 

Jennifer Burke

Director of YAWS and ART UP!

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