Last weekend, ZJMJR and 26 other local artists participated in TRASH ARTstravaganza, part of Princeton University’s annual Communiversity art festival. The contest encourages participants of all ages to look at trash differently, repurposing materials they would normally throw away to create 2-D or 3-D works of art. Best in Show receives a $1,000 donation to the charity of their choice.
ZJMJR created the Tape Tower, a 48-inch sculpture made of 106 VHS tapes, built on a pedestal of plywood from my old bathroom cabinet. It was a lot of fun to make, and a relief to find a good home for my old tapes. (I couldn’t bear just throwing them out…) Check out this animated gif of the process: http://gifboom.com/x/ad02ed96
Is it trash? Is it art? You decide.
We were competing on behalf of Habitat for Humanity of Trenton. Unfortunately, we did not win (though it’s hard to be mad when you lose to an adorable 11-year-old creative genius). But we will be back again next year! We were glad to compete and had a great time strolling around the Communiversity event and checking out all the local artistry.