To draw the community’s attention to the ‘art of recycling’ and in honor of Earth Day the Palm Springs Public Library, partnering with the Palm Springs Public Arts Commission and sponsored by Palm Springs Disposal Services and the Palm Springs Sustainability Commission partnered together to present an art show titled Inspiration Waste Land – A Recycled Art Show. This artwork is currently on display in the Library until April 27th and showcases art created out of trash, found objects and works of art reworked into something new by local artists and area high school students.
The call for artists to participate went out in February to Coachella Valley and High-Desert artists and local high school students in 9th – 12th grade to submit new works of art created from existing materials. Two cash awards were offered, one (1) $500 for Best-In-Show adult and one (1) $500 for Best-In-Show youth/student. Louisa Castrodale was the adult artist winner for her piece titled Waste of Monet and David Gonzalez-Silva, a High School Senior, won the student award for his piece titled Almost Paradise. There were also four Honorable Mention selections chosen. All prizes were awarded at an unveiling reception and awards celebration on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at the Library.
Kids can also have the opportunity to get in on the fun by creating their own works of art out of recycled and found materials. Led by the S.C.R.A.P. Galley, youth in grades K – 5 can create art using ‘trash’ on Wednesday, April 17th at 3:30 p.m. in the Youth Story Room at the Library.
The inspiration for this art show was fueled by the film Waste Land. This movie was filmed over three years and documents artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographed an eclectic band of “catadores” — or self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s initial objective was to “paint” the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreated photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives. The Library will screen the film on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
This recycled art show and supporting programs provided another point-of-view about recycling and how found objects and materials, otherwise thought of as trash, could be re-imagined.