Cup of the Day #62
Three Cups with Lids by Gwyneth Leech
White-out pen, sumi ink and India ink on printed paper cups
Being an Upcyler myself, I respond positively to the aestheics of the artwork by Olivia Kaufman-Rovira, Bernard Klevickas, Barbara Lubliner Shari Mendelson, Janet Nolan, Ilene Sunshine, and Tyrome Tripoli. At the same time, consider that even if every artist in the United States decided to turn our post-consumer waste into art, we would probably not make a dent in the avalanche of this stuff being thrown away on a daily basis. Rather we should look for a future when the waste reduction movement has rendered these plastics rare and precious, deserving of their jewel-like colors.
by Bernard Klevickas
Plastic and rivets
by Barbara Lubliner
Plastic bottles 36 x 26 x 26 inches
Back to the present, the neat riveting in Bernard's work, the wire-reinforced plastic straw connectors of Janet's wall piece, and the hinges cut from plastic bottle bottoms holding Barbara's shapes together are all ingenious, glue-free and completely satisfying solutions.
Leaving at 4 o'clock I stopped by Café Petisco across the street from the Alliance for a cuppa. There, I thoroughly enjoyed tea in a contraption which, with care, can be safely reused for thousands of years: an earthernware mug. And if you sit in, no plastic lid is required.
by Janet Nolan
Plastic bottle caps, lids and straws
12 x 32 feet