Over the weekend I wrote some posts about the new street art that has appeared in our neighbourhood. I have been wondering about whether these artworks can help to remind us that our neighbourhood is a place for people, and whether they can help us to open up our hearts to the place and treat it with love. The artworks, attached to the power poles, are depictions of people made out of cans, bottle tops, lids and pieces of timber.
Another thing I have been wondering about is whether they can change the way that we thing about waste. All of the artworks are made of out scraps of material that we might just throw away as rubbish – even though some of the materials are recyclable. Instead of throwing the materials away, the artist has used them to re-echanchant the neighbourhood. The artist has used these scraps to treat the place as special.
This has also led me to think about the ways that we treat actual people as rubbish. This artwork might lead us to think that no person is a waste, and that all kinds of people can help to enrich a neighbourhood.