There were times (when we had a subscription to the San Francisco Chronicle) that we felt like there were enough old newspapers in the recycling bin to build a house. They piled up quick.
But our little stack of old newspapers was nothing compared to the 100,000 it took Sumer Erik to complete the Recycled Newspaper House, an art installation living at the Blackie Arts Center in Liverpool.
Although the Recycled Newspaper House is not a "real" inhabitable house, the community art project is meant to say something about the notion of a home. The public was invited to add their own rolled up newspapers to the project.
Here's a bit from the artist himself:
"The material is a key, fundamental part of the project. It works in three ways. 'News' defines our era, 'information technology' is the dominating part of our existence. 'Paper' makes a direct relationship with our environment, and 'house' ties all the things together."
We think the used paper also says something about how much we consume without even noticing. 100,000 papers, enough to build a house, is just a drop in the bucket.
What do you think?