On November 15 there are many events that promote recycling and talk about all the resources available in their community. A lot of organizations, businesses, and individuals even get to take a pledge to recycle more here. I am always being invited to events like these to provide an educational activity or to present artwork made of recycled materials. I constantly re-purpose, but for a special occasion and contribution I try to use the things that are very bulky and less likely to be recycled, for example, I pick up from hardware stores those large cardboard tubes that are leftover from carpet / linoleum rolls. They can also be found at fabric stores. They tell me they just pile them on a corner then trash them, so at least I get to give them one more use before I recycle them myself. I have done so many things out of these sturdy cylinders, like the one I mentioned on my previous post, but here are some more examples that can be adapted for a special event:
Props and Sculptures - Repeat Reuse
Here is an example of a repeatedly re-purposed cardboard tube.
First it was a Greenpeace windmill awareness prop. Then it was turned into a Catrina for an Art Center for a Dia De Los Muertos event. Then it was a giant doll for Mother's Day. Finally it became a bus stop companion (named after those streets) ready to take pictures with, and was featured in roadside america.
I have a new project in mind. I want to create a series of display panels using cardboard from large packaging material and have these tubes clamping the edges, similarly to folders that use rods to hold the paper together. I hope it works. I hope these ideas generated more ideas.
I hope you have a great recycling weekend.