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An Artsy, Garbage-Free Wetlands

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Artist Statement

 The Wetlands Project was especially important to me after having a tour of the campus and receiving a lecture on the development of the wetlands. Learning that it is the best wetlands restoration project in the Pacific Northwest and experiencing it firsthand through the tour made me realize the impact of this project on the campus and the area in general. The product I created for the Wetlands Project is a functional piece of art that serves not only the UWB campus and community but the animals that live here as well.

I have proposed to create a large trash can that lives permanently near the boardwalk in the wetlands. Because the new sports and recreation fields have been built so close to the wetlands, I felt it was necessary to create something that helped to encourage the proper usage of the wetlands. I was afraid that visitors to the sports and recreation fields would wander into the wetlands after sporting events and leave their garbage around. This would automatically create an unsafe and unsanitary environment for everyone and everything that lives there. I had many other ideas for what kind of art I could create for this project but I wanted something that would really make a lasting difference. It was important to me to know that something I created would stay on campus and be effective after I had graduated.

Project Description

The garbage can to be created for this project would live permanently on the boardwalk located on the outskirts of the Wetlands near the new sports and recreation field. It would be rather large, about 4 feet tall and 3.5 feet wide. It would be made out of hard plastic and covered on all sides with metal print artwork. The metal print art would be photographs taken from the wetlands. One of the sides would be of a leaf print, the other of salmon spawning in North Creek, another side would be hundreds of crows roosting in the trees, and the back side would say something to the effect of “Please throw away garbage!” And have the University of Washington Bothell logo on it. The metal prints could be attached by soldering the metal prints together to form a shell around the garbage can. This way, if someone would ever want to change out the shell, it would be as easy as picking it up. The shell could also be made to be chained to a peg in the ground to prevent it from being stolen. This would be done in a discreet way so that it wasn’t obvious and wouldn’t detract from the art. The approximate price for the trash can would be about $300. This would cover the cost of 4 metal prints, the trash can itself, the shipping and handling cost of the metal prints, the chain and metal peg, and the assembly fee.

 

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