The inspiration for this project started out of a need to create new things out of old things. I love looking at a pile of discarded computers, printers, instruments, and alley trash and envisioning something emerging from the chaos. The renewal of life from old useless things has many connections to Buddhism. The constant flow of energy through the universe, the shifting and changing of form, the process of rebirth and never ending transference are basic tenants of Buddhism and as it turns out, are the same for upcycling, recycling, and reclaiming. Now some may not see it this way. They may just see what I do as hoarding or gluing crap together and calling it art. That is fine. The artistic process of finding unique crap and giving it a new life is a process that is as old as time. Humans have this innate ability in the animal kingdom of re-purposing to fit a need. Countless examples can be seen across the planet of people, out of necessity, upcycling garbage to help them in ways. Be it to create housing in refugee camps, to musical instruments which inspire further creativity, to basic functions such as lighting and pumping water.
For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated with taking things apart to see what they are made of. I have collected bolts, screws, washers, and all sorts of wired things since childhood. I have been near manically obsessed with one day putting them together to build a robot. It was not until high school that I actually got to put all these spare parts together and actually build a robot, that I saw the real advantage of my years of collecting. This was the nexus that spawned my love for re-configuring trash into useful objects.
Since then, I have focused on parts that inspire my imagination. These are usually the guts of electric motors, cooling fins, electro magnets and other such doo-dad beauties. So call it crap, call it fun, call it art, call it whatever, just do not stop being imaginative and creating.
So go out there, find old useless things and give them a new life. Who knows, maybe one day, you too will be inspired by piles of alley junk. 🙂
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