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

Born and raised in Sweden, my aesthetics and outlook on life are strongly shaped by a culture rich in history and tradition. I care a great deal about environmental responsibility, and my aesthetic reflects the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia. I was trained as an architect at the University of Cincinnati and as a color specialist at the Scandinavian Colour Institute in Stockholm. I'm obsessed with plants and gardens, and aim to take my skill set a step further by designing gardens as well as interiors. As someone so aptly said: " Architecture is the skin that separates the exterior from the interior". So true - you can't successfully focus on one without incorporating the other. I'm also an avid cook, and I love to ski. In addition, I put time and efforts into trying to rectify things that I feel are wrong in my immediate community. As you will see, The Creative Flux will touch on all these things, and more. For sure, it's all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blog!
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