A ring of papier-mâché people surrounding piles of recycling appeared on the campus quad for Earth Day in the name of environmental art.
Seniors Alyia Bettman, Andrew Bradshaw, Seth Davidson, and Nathaniel Meader won the first annual Cradle-to-Cradle Student Environmental Art Award, which was supported by the $500,000 HSBC Commit-to-Change Grant given to IC’s environmental studies and sciences department.
Over the course of the two-week installation, the papier-mâché people gradually rotted away -- though the bags full of plastic bottles representing one week’s work of container recycling from the Circle Apartments did not -- which was exactly the point.
“All the recycling, everything we produce daily, is going to last a lot longer than we will,” explains Meader, “and we have to think of generations after us.”
The team won a $1,000 prize. “It was an honor; it was the first commissioned public artwork for all of us,” says Bettman.
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