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!