In a previous article we were mentioning the Green Candy Art Action, the project meant to bring into discussion the relation of the artist with the environment. Many of the artistic manifestations of that project questioned the frail boundary between art and waste. As the logo of one of the artists involved in the project (e.g. Bordalo II of Portugal) says: `one person’s trash is the other person’s treasure`.
Indeed, waste and trash are parts of each`s life, further, they influence the ecosystem; by consequence, these cannot be ignored, if we take into account that much of the trash the humans make is still not absorbed by the ecosystem. Artistic representations like those of street art can mobilize individuals by raising their awareness on the importance of recycling objects, or at least on reconsidering the nature of waste itself.
As we will see in the pictures below, there are paintings, drawings, and murals that try to warn the passers-by that places which we see as related to waste dispersal are not disconnected of the rest of the environment, on the contrary, they are an intimate part of it. The drainage system of the town seems a good instance chosen by the artists to deliver this message.
Apart from this civic action of making citizens responsible for the environment, artists suggest that there are parts of a city, apparently lacking any importance albeit an immediate utilitarian one, which can be valued by bringing them back into the urban circuit. A good example of the kind are the boxes that contain the electrical cables or other devices.
- Raluca Goleșteanu (text) & Rod Jacobs (photos)