"The Artist in Residence Program at Recology San Francisco is a unique art and education program that provides Bay Area artists with access to discarded materials, a stipend, and a large studio space at the Recology Solid Waste Transfer and Recycling Center. By supporting artists who work with recycled materials, Recology hopes to encourage people to conserve natural resources and promote new ways of thinking about art and the environment."
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I was there for four months in 2009 and worked with discarded construction scrap most specifically, materials used to build walls.
Looking beyond the utilitarian definition, a wall's function has true sociological relevance. On the surface, from prehistoric caves to fanciful wallpapers of the twentieth century, we use walls to express ourselves. We introduce color into a white room, hang art or wallpaper, and make a space our own. But in addition to being a place for self-expression, the overwhelming speed at which walls go up is resulting in harmful consequence to our environment being a leading cause of imperilment of species in California. It is exactly this dissonance between sociological necessity of walls and the destructive environmental consequences that I am attracted to.