The mission of the Landfillart Project is not only to use discarded hubcaps to create unique pieces of fine art, but to also to raise awareness for recycling and reclamation. The goal has always been to inspire others to re-purpose “garbage”, reuse something that would normally end up in a landfill.
As one of the artists, who participated in the project stated,
Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose — We as a population produce too much that is considered trash even though still useful. I would like to see the majority of our throw-away society find creative ways to recycle bits and objects and our mountains of trash turn into something useful and perhaps even beautiful. This Project is one organized method to accomplish these ideals that includes many countries and many artists. I am pleased to be a part of this movement. B.J. Adams
Artists have long used junkyards and trash heaps as source material for works of art — taking someone else’s garbage and turning it into something beautiful or strange or provocative. “The goal of the Landfillart Project,” according to its founder, Kenneth Marquis, “is to get people thinking about the amount of trash they generate — and, perhaps, to reduce it. Old rusted hubcaps, or even old plastic ones, eventually have no use. They end up in landfills or in people’s backyards, so it made perfect sense to use this as a basis to create art on.”
The collection has grown into 1041 works of art, with works from artists in all 50 states, as well as over 52 countries. It has truly become an international effort.
Over the next few years we will be organizing a series of exhibitions from the collection, that will travel in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Pacific. We will also produce a book about the collection as well as other publications.
We hope that this blog will grow into a communication hub for everyone that is interested in the subject and would like to share their thoughts and experiences.
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