The landscape architects and environmental planners at ah’bé in Culver City, CA, are creating trees out of shredded paper. The firm has taken six weeks of their paper waste and sculpted it into giant paper trees.
The term “sustainability” has entered the mainstream with such force that it teeters on the verge of becoming meaningless. This second installation in a 3-part series seeks to challenge the viewer’s understanding of these materials as “consumptive” or “wasteful”, and asks them to consider a more significant and vital meaning and intent of this term.
Although so many things about it scream high art, it seems a lot like Cali’s answer to modern Folk Art to me. The installation opened Tuesday and runs through May 18th at the MODAA gallery in Culver City.
Interesting take on the term “sustainability:”
“What’s your relationship to your wife? If you say sustainable, I’ll say I am sorry. Sustainability is not really that interesting. … I’m interested in fecundity and celebrations of nature’s abundance and designs that enrich life.”- William Mcdonough, architect and author of Cradle to Cradle.
David Ackerman says
Hey Darbs. I really do love your Blog. It makes me feel good knowing you are spreading “the word” to the masses, and you do it beautifully! We still would love to see you some time and meet that beau of yours. You are welcome anytime! Speaking of sustainability and recycling do you know that we make plastic pallets out of post-consumer plastic that is extruded into dimensional lumber and then put together into pallets. Some of our export pallets are also made with post-consumer, post-industrial plastic as well. Just thought I would pass it along in case you run into anyone looking for a good recycled product.
Talk to you soon,