The beauty of the mundane

And so, another Earth Day has come and gone. This year I didn’t plant a tree, but I spent some time training the one I planted last year. It is growing and budding quite nicely, and should break into bloom within the next month, or so.

Meanwhile, I’m thinking a lot about our legacy of garbage. It is found everywhere there is human activity, and frankly paints a pretty distasteful report of the state of our specie! Whether emerging from the melting snow on the mountain, being washed ashore along our vulnerable coastal environments, or lazily being “dropped” on our streets and in our parks, they serve as constant reminders of our abusive nature and ignorant arrogance. To my great joy, however, creatives near and far are coming up with great ways to reuse our refuse, and in some instances collecting and assembling the offending debris into powerful sculptures.  A globally thinking local organization called Washed Ashore makes a statement using all the collected beach trash to build these amazing creatures. They are part of a traveling exhibit that can be currently be seen at the Irvington Whole Foods here in Portland.

Another bright idea is the Bubble Chandelier, constructed of empty plastic bottles. This marvelous contraption is a tongue-in-cheek remark on our trash culture, and inspires thought as well as a grateful smile on my part. Let’s do more of that this coming year! Aside from focusing on reducing waste, let’s see how we can reuse what we do generate. And let the Bubble Chandelier and other great expressions be our guiding light! Let the creative juices flow!


About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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