Thursday, March 24, 2011

The army of debris

German artist HA Schult makes people out of household waste and glue. By the thousands, he is a one-man recycling center. “Anything can be made into art. Mankind’s confines have narrowed, the freedom of art is unlimited.We live in the trash time: we produce trash and we become trash. Therefore HA Schult’s ‘Trash People’ are images of ourselves.”
Trash People (Schrottarmee): Since 1996, Schult has installed one thousand life sized “Trash People” made from crushed cans, electronic waste and other rubbish as his critical commentary on constant human consumption. They travelled as a “now time expression” to the world’s most important spots, among them Moscow’s Red Square (1999), the Great Wall of China (2001), the Pyramids of Giza (2002) and even the Antarctica (2008). The value of each individual statue is approx. EUR 2 when burnt, according to GEW, a provider of gas and electricity services.


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