reminded a hundred times a day to buy things, but we're not
reminded to take care of them, repair them, reuse them, or
give them away."
~ Michael Jacobson, Center for the Study of Commercialism
In collaboration with the Town of North Stonington, Provenance
Center is pleased to present its 2nd Annual Abstract Recycling Exhibit
at the North Stonington Transfer Station. As with last year's show,
this exhibit offers a collection of sculpture created entirely from
recycled materials, much of which originated at the recycling center
operated by the town of North Stonington, Connecticut. The show
includes works by Deb Aldo, Dan Potter, RT Spitz and Troy West.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, residents of
the United States generate approximately 4.6 pounds of trash per
day per person. This translates into 251 million tons of waste per
year - about twice as much as that generated by citizens of most
other industrialized countries. While approximately 30 percent of
this trash is recycled or composted and about 12 percent burned,
more than 50% ends up buried in landfills across our nation and
outside our borders. Currently in the US, we are producing 60 percent
more trash than we were twenty years ago. Our "consume and discard"
society and culture continues to lead us towards an irreparable
environmental situation. For our children and grandchildren, we
are leaving a legacy of pollution and planet-wide destruction as
our land, air and oceans become increasingly degraded by years of
ecological abuse and neglect.
It is our hope that this art exhibit will present a chance for
all to reflect upon the environment in which we not only live, but
actively participate on a daily basis. As we are all members of
a human family, we should recognize our membership in a natural
family, making choices each day that, however small, impact the
world in which we live.