One of the highest points in Ohio is a "mountain" called Mount Rumpke, but the state really has no mountains. Made entirely of garbage and rising to over 1,000 feet, it's located in a landfill operated by the Rumpke Company of Cincinnati. Occupying more than 230 acres, the landfill annually receives two million tons of solid waste. For an interesting video about the landfill, see Journey to Mount Rumpke.
Did you know that everyday, Hershey produces about 80,000,000 chocolate candy kisses, and the amount of aluminum foil used to wrap them equals 50 acres? That's enough to cover almost 40 football fields! While we usually don't give it a thought, the wrappers are recyclable, so the next time you enjoy a Hershey's Kiss, put the wrapper in an aluminum beverage can and recycle both.
Sometimes you need to make dots or circles on a piece of work, but painting them is slow going and difficult. If you look around the house, especially in junk drawers, you’ll probably find some items that are great for dot making. One example is a pencil eraser. Also, dowel rod end pieces, wine bottle corks, and tube and jar lids can be painted or inked and used as stamps, and they’re great for making impressions in clay, too.
• As you may have noticed, we've updated many of our art/reuse projects with better photos and directions, and we've moved them to the members' side of The Imagination Factory.
• In this issue of The Re-Source, we've included information about Déjà vu, the art and fine craft show that we organize each fall in celebration of America Recycles Day. Held in downtown Columbus, Indiana, this year's event featured 23 professional artists who reuse and/or recycle materials to create their work.
• To help you quickly find uses for scrap or solid waste, we've updated The Member's Only Trash Matcher. Featured below, it includes materials used in the art activities, Discover Hawaii unit, and the mini-lessons featured in previous newsletters. You'll find it on the main site, too.
• We briefly review a dozen or so kids' books with environmental themes. We're pleased to have a full page photo of Trashasaurus Rex and a description of the trashy beast featured in one book, which was published in South Africa.
• Eco-Artware, an online gallery of earth-friendly fine crafts, is featured, and we include photos of some of the outstanding work artists are doing as they help conserve our resources.
• We share an art/reuse idea that may start you thinking about Earth Day, which is in April. While that may seem like a long way off, activities such as The Landfill Project take time to organize, so we offer a mention of it and a photo for inspiration.
• Finally, the Leftovers section features Trashy Trivia, which includes some fun facts about, well, trash! Also, we feature a simple suggestion of how to reuse things most people throw away as art tools. We hope this newsletter is useful and fun to read. Have a great New Year!
The Landfill Art Project, which was created by Ken Marquis of Pennsylvania, is an international initiative that involved more than 1,000 artists. In the beginning, he hoped to get a little over three- dozen people in his state interested in transforming old automobile hubcaps into works of art. Since then, Marquis expanded the project to include artists from all 50 states as well as some who live in other countries.
Professional artists created most of the landfill canvases, but students, emerging artists, the financially disadvantaged, and those with special needs did about 20%. Marquis’ next goal is to publish a book about the project, and finally, he hopes to create a traveling show so others can see how the old hubcaps were transformed into fine art.
Hoosier artist Lynne Medsker participated in the project, and her work, which is called Organic Geometry, is shown here. Using alcohol inks to color aluminum pieces, wire, and other shapes for detail, Medsker wove the wire through holes drilled in the hubcap, and then she attached decorated shapes to the form. The wire wandering through the piece like wild vines and the geometrical shapes inspired the title.
*Organizing your own Landfill Art Project would be a great way for students to celebrate Earth Day. Start collecting hubcaps now, and have kids create their own works of art for display on April 22, 2011.
This table takes you to lessons, in the member's only area, that are found in newsletters and revised lessons from the non-member's area.