Day 335: One Man’s Treasure

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November 30, 2012 by Alex Hoekstra

Art is really in the eye of the beholder.  I’m shamefully deficient in a taste for art – having had limited exposure to classical art and being generally oblivious to the art that might surround me if I looked hard enough.  But when I take the time to look, it’s hard not to appreciate the beauty of everyday things.  Today’s project certainly thinks so.  In fact, it’s taking objects that might generally be regarded as ugly, useless or undesirable and turning bringing out the innate beauty obscured by my jaded obliviousness.  Recycling Artist in Residency (RAIR) doesn’t believe in waste – they operate a recycling center/art studio where one man’s trash (actually, lots of people’s trash) turns into treasure.  Check it out and back them before December 3.


RAIR (Recycled Artist in Residency) is a young yet accomplished project located within a construction waste recycling center in Philadelphia. We are building new connections between art, sustainability and industry by giving artists a vehicle to create awareness about the waste stream.


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