What is the LandfillArt Project?

Landfillart has been an international effort that encompassed 1,041  artists to claim a piece of rusted metal garbage and create fine art.

The ultimate goals of this project have been twofold. The first is to compile a book with the story and photos of the evolution of landfillart.org and the coming together of 1041 artists for a common cause, making great art out of rusted refuse. Only artists could lead such a charge.

The other goal is to create a series of touring exhibitions that will be traveling through North America, Europe and Asia, to inspire other such movements.

How many artists are represented?

As a result of this initial effort this has become the largest artist initiative ever achieved. Over 1,000 artists — from all 50 states, and 53 countries have been working on The Landfillart Project, and have created an incredible body of original designs and artworks.

Are the artworks actually made from discarded hubcaps?

The 1,041 pieces of rusted metal are actually old automobile hub caps from the 1930’s through the 1970’s. Each hub cap, after being cleaned and primed, is affectionately called a “metal canvas.” Although most “metal canvases” have been transformed by the artist using oil or acrylic paint, some have been weaved on, glued or screwed or welded to, or made into fine sculpture.

How did the project begin?

It grew from the original idea of taking forty-one old rusted hub caps and creating forty-one pieces of great art.  It then continued with finding one thousand (1000) talented artists who believed in this project.

According to Kenneth Marquis, the creator of the project,  “I maintain that artists, in general, are more ecologically in touch and environmentally aware. Perhaps that is the reason forty-one artists readily accepted the challenge and embraced the project.”

The project was based on the 80/20 Rule.  What does that mean?

The project was based on the 80/20 rule. The goal was to have 80% of the project be completed by professional artists and 20% fulfilled by nontraditional artists. These nontraditional artists were mentally and physically challenged (ie, down syndrome and autistic artists), politically oppressed artists (ie, Cubans), young artists (ie, 25 NYC third grade school children) and incarcerated artists.

How did the artists react to being invited to participate in the project?

 “I have found that the fine artists I have worked with on this project do not even flinch when looking at this white round disc of metal canvas. And why should they ?  Artists from the beginning of time have used cave walls (Lascaux, France and Altamira, Spain), walls of pyramids (Egyptians), animal skins (American Indians), etc… as their canvas.”      Ken Marquis, founder

What is the next phase of the project?

The next stage of the project is to organize a series of touring exhibitions that will travel in North America, Europe, Asia and the Pacific.  The challenge will be to adequately represent the project through these exhibitions because of the diversity of styles, themes, and media represented in the collection.

At the same time, we are working to create a coffee-table book about the project showcasing all one thousand forty one (1,041) completed “metal canvases.

The book and traveling show will publically portray the global art community’s effort to positively impact the environment through re-purposing previous metal waste into great landfillart.




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