I’m going for a photo of a minimalist object — one of my favorites from a show at MAD (the Museum of Art and Design) that Sam and I saw on last week’s art-fix trip to New York.
Why is it call the U Rock Chair? Easy: turn it upside down and it’s a rocking chair — too bad I can only do that with a photo —
The chair is designed to be made from PET bottles made of recyclable plastic, a good example of repurposing. Brazilian artists Davi Deusdará, Érica Martins, Raphael Studart, and Tais Costa proposed this project for the Battery Conservancy outdoor seating competition.
Repurposing (or “upcycling”) is one of the themes of the “New Territories” exhibition at MAD. Here are a couple more examples:
Repurposing is important on my own road to minimalism, (Hoarder’s gotta come clean somehow, right?) though my own examples are much less dramatic. Most recently, I’m proud to have found a home for three quilts. My aunt bought the already-vintage quilt tops at an estate sale back in the early 1970’s, and my mother had them finished by a local quilter. They’ve had some good use over time, and now, at the hands of a friend and expert seamstress, they’ll be made into new items fashioned from existing quilts. Since quilts are made to repurpose fabric scraps in the first place, I’d call this a double victory.
Here are two of the quilts, ready to enter the 21st century — a few of the fabric pieces are worn through, so most but not all is re-usable.
— with thanks to Pip and her blog at Sustainablility Soapbox for reminding me that repurposing is worthy of sharing. Here’s her post about using scrabble tiles for art. I like the comment about using the term “artcycling” instead of “upcycling”.
What are you repurposing, upcycling, or artcycling this week?
New Territories at the MAD Nov 4 2014 through April 6 2015
(see more about New Territories on twitter: #NTrepurposing and #NTspace)