For the past few years, we have had a program called ‘cREate Works” which harnesses the power of art to share the message of “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.” In 2020, the focus of cREate Works was “Reframing Recycling,” which had local photographers use the theme of transformation to photograph and to transform common, everyday recyclables into art.
Recycling often has the concept associated with it that it is “the” solution and the more we can recycle, the better. However, recycling is served best only when items that have an end use are placed into our home curbside recycling carts. Recycling can then do its job of transforming that old plastic laundry detergent bottle or flattened cardboard box into a new product.
We hope that this art project, “Reframing Recycling” shares the message that to help recycling, it is best to only place materials in our recycling carts at home that have an end use and therefore can be transformed.
Currently, the list we share for recycling – are the materials that have an end use.
- Plastic bottles and jugs
- Metal food and beverage cans
Local photographers were each given one recyclable from the list above. They were tasked with photographing the recyclable item in three ways.
- As is - no changes to the object
- The object in a state of change
- The final, transformed image
To see the work, please visit this page
Soon there will be a short video that you’ll see on various platforms sharing the visual perspective of these artists addressing the transformation of recycling.