Found in the Grove, Pueblo Arts Alliance, June – July 2020
The representation of the idea is as important as the idea itself, this is why i used collected recyclables along with single use items improperly discarded to create awareness for environmental awareness issues.
The need for environmental preservation and education in Pueblo can take on many forms. From the environmental damage of pre-modern regulation smelting to the homeless population which contributes largely to refuse found along the Arkansas River. These are the two environmental dangers that face the natural environment in and around Pueblo. Colorado itself is a natural dream tourist’s come here for the mountains for the rivers for the hiking for the snowboarding, the damage that they do with the garbage they leave is extremely dangerous not just for us, but also the animals that live here. My work to tries to bring attention to the idea of single-use plastics and recycling to be replaced by other products such as aluminum cans and glass bottles changes to a more environmentally friendly form, so my work questions what if we were able to produce these in a manner that they were beneficial to the environment such as asking what if cans became clouds what if bottles became dragonflies, could paper plates became fish? To question the manufacturing process that we use now to try and create a more ecologically friendly and sustainable solution to the issues that we face now of plastics in our rivers and oceans and, our natural Parks and other wild areas becoming overrun with discarded waste from single-use items. My work questions, how can we make a difference, how can we make a change, that’s a real change to reduce the carbon footprint and help nature survive.
— Kenneth Claybaugh