Waste Land: Re-Imagining Rubbish

FINAL MAGNA PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT ENTITLED “THE GIPSY MAGNA – PICTURES OF GARBAGE”
Photograph by Vik Muniz, courtesy of Vik Muniz Studio

“I have always been interested in garbage: What it says about us. What in there embarrasses us, and what we can’t bear to part with. Where it goes and how much of it there is. How it endures. What it might be like to work with it every day. I read about one woman’s crusade to show her appreciation for all the sanitation workers in New York by hugging each of them, and I applauded the sentiment … and yet … there had to be some other way for me to show my appreciation.” 

Lucy Walker, January 2010

LUCY WALKER BEHIND CAMERA
Photography by Jim Denault

Filmed over nearly three years, WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro.

SEPIA JARDIM GRAMACHO LANDSCAPE WITH VULTURES
Photograph of by Vik Muniz, courtesy of Vik Muniz Studio

There he photographs an eclectic band of “catadores” — self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s initial objective was to “paint” the catadores with garbage.

B/W PHOTO OF MAGNA
Photograph by Vik Muniz, courtesy of Vik Muniz Studio

ORIGINAL SHOT OF ISIS AND VALERIA
Photograph by Vik Muniz, courtesy of Vik Muniz Studio

PORTRAIT OF VALTER
Photograph by Vik Muniz, courtesy of Vik Muniz Studio

However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives.

VIK TAKES PHOTO OF TIAO AS MARAT
(SCREEN GRAB) Courtesy of Vik Muniz Studio

FINAL TIAO PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT ENTITLED “MARAT/ SEBASTIAO – PICTURES OF GARBAGE” Photograph by Vik Muniz, courtesy of Vik Muniz Studio

Director Lucy Walker (DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND, BLINDSIGHT and COUNTDOWN TO ZERO) and co-directors João Jardim and Karen Harley have great access to the entire process and, in the end, offer stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit.

VIK MUNIZ LOOKS DOWN AT MAGNA’S PHOTO AND PORTRAIT
(SCREEN GRAB) Artwork courtesy of Vik Muniz Studio

 

GOLRAN 1898 at the Equip’ Hotel

GOLRAN presented their 1898 Rug Collection at the Equip’ Hotel in Paris from the 11th – 15th of November.

Their collections were on display both vertically and horizontally, allowing visitors to experience the carpets both aesthetically and functionally.

Their new collections of reworked and reinterpreted carpets are now available on their website and in their showroom in Milan, Italy.

Singapore’s Solar Powered Supertrees

One of the first things you will notice about Singapore, is that it is incredibly green for a city of its size. Creepers wrap themselves around the concrete stems that hold up the flyovers, huge tropical trees line almost every street sprouting vines and ferns from their roots and branches.

The greenery  softens the urban landscape and almost makes you feel like you’re in a computer simulation of a city of the future or…Avatar. Gardens by the Bay is a new development which appears to try and create exactly that image of Singapore.

It’s huge solar powered ‘tree’ structures tower over the gardens forming so called ‘super trees’ and consist of numerous different plant species such as tropical  flowering climbers, epiphytes and ferns covering the entire structure.

Inside a Supertree

The super trees are 50 metres high and act as vertical gardens that collect rainwater, generate solar power, and work as venting ducts for the conservatories in the gardens. You can take a lift up a tree and walk along a suspended pass that takes you from one super tree to another allowing you to enjoy the views all around.

They still look a little bare but soon they will be covered in green and will undoubtedly be an even more amazing sight.

Around the World in 80 Chairs: Zulu Mama Recycled Chair, Cape Town, South Africa

Zulu Mama Chair – Recycled black plastic, Designed by Haldane Martin, Photo Justin Patrick. This ecofriendly chair explores the indigenous Zulu basket weaving technique using recycled plastic.

Zulu Mama Chair – Recycled pink plastic

Rupert Blanchard’s Book of British Tubular Steel Chairs

A small selection from Rupert Blanchard‘s incomplete collection of British tubular steel chairs from his book ‘Rupert Blanchard’s Incomplete Book Of Forty Tubular Steel Stacking Chairs From His Incomplete Collection’ see below.

Walk the Plank: Salvage and the Sea

Walk The Plank are a design collective based in Sydney, Australia that specialise in furniture made from salvaged materials.

Founded in September 2011 by Mike Perry and Mark Rushton who wanted to create a casual and fun living environment while remaining sustainable and eco friendly.

Walk the Plank aim to act responsibly both socially and environmentally and try to use recycled materials wherever possible. All their new materials are purchased from a registered land owner and they strive to support their staff and their families helping them to develop their craft while respecting the environment.

The wood is salvaged from old fishing vessels found along the coastline of the Java Sea. The wood has been stripped back to it’s original form, allowing it to be exposed, showing beautiful markings from the bolts used to hold these shipping vessels together. Teak has been used throughout history to build boats in this region and salvaging this old building material represents a new beginning in the mindset of products manufactured in Indonesia.

Since the launch of their business the team at Walk The Plank have continued to support Trees4Trees, an organisation that gives back to local communities through education. Trees4Trees creates assets for these communities and initiates the planting of trees throughout the island of Java, Indonesia.

Working with communities and programmes on a ground level to create positive change provides a responsible platform to improve the life of those involved from beginning to end.

Walk The Plank is focused on building and designing interior products that stand the test of time with style. With their bohemian edge and rustic charm they strongly believe in the integrity of every product they make. They possess a strong understanding of international requirements and global trends and carefully consider the manufacture and design process from its foundations through until its final form.

Restore Your Childhood: Recycled Toy Sculptures

If you were wondering what to do with all your old toys why not use them to create art. This is what Robert Bradford did when he came across a box of his children’s old toys. Rather than discarding the collection of tiny plastic figures he used them to assemble colourful sculptures.

Terrier toy sculpture

These have since been exhibited in numerous cities all around the world.

Rhino toy sculpture

Most of his sculptures are of dogs, but he has also sculpted rhinos, ostriches, camels and fairies.

Sniff toy dog sculpture

Bradford has shown the wide range of different styles available when using recycled materials.

Ostrich toy sculpture

Recycling can be the source of inspiration as well as comprising the materials for the art work.

Dachshund toy sculpture