Environmental Projects

Fresh Kills

“A Walk on the Beach”

Trash Collection Projects

2001

For the exhibition “FRESH KILLS: Artists Respond to the Closing of the Staten Island Land Fill” I performed a “Trash Collection Project” inspired by an earlier work in Utah. Titled “A Walk on the Beach”, my contribution commemorated the closure of the largest landfill on the planet by collecting trash from South Beach, a surprisingly beautiful site with golden sand on Staten Island, NY. My findings were washed, sorted and exhibited in tall glass containers in the gallery. In front of each container I hung a panel with text providing information on how we can considerably reduce our “footprint” by choosing products and packaging that are less taxing on the environment.

FRESH KILLS: A Walk on the Beach, (detail), Staten Island, NY, 2001 FRESH KILLS: A Walk on the Beach, (detail), Staten Island, NY, 2001 FRESH KILLS: A Walk on the Beach, (detail), Staten Island, NY, 2001 FRESH KILLS: A Walk on the Beach, (detail), Staten Island, NY, 2001 FRESH KILLS: A Walk on the Beach, (detail), Staten Island, NY, 2001 FRESH KILLS: A Walk on the Beach, (Installation view), Snug Harbor Cultural Center, NY, 2001 FRESH KILLS: A Walk on the Beach, (Installation view): Aluminum Cans, 2001 FRESH KILLS: A Walk on the Beach, (Installation view): Newspaper, 2001 FRESH KILLS: A Walk on the Beach, (Installation view): Plastic, 2001 FRESH KILLS: A Walk on the Beach, (Installation view): Glass, 2001 FRESH KILLS: A Walk on the Beach, (Installation view): Horseshoe Crabs, 2001