The Dumpster Project

The Dumpster Project

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Apr 15, 2011

As we move through Small Spaces Month here on Re-Nest, paring down your belongings in an effort to live lighter and tighter is a major theme. But how do we let go of our stuff when those objects are often irrevocably tied to our history and identity? Collage artist Mac Premo has collected (hoarded) objects for years to use in his art, but now he's moving to a smaller art studio and has to get rid of most of it. Instead of throwing it away, he'll photograph around 500 pieces, retell their history, and then create one giant collage on the inside of a dumpster.

  • I have archived much of my life through collected objects.
  • I am moving to a smaller studio, making it necessary that I get rid of a lot of these objects.
  • I will do so by using them as the raw material for one enormous collage you can literally walk inside of, created inside a 30-yard dumpster.
  • Oh, before I build that thing, I am going to catalogue around 500 of these objects by photographing them and recording a few words about its history.

Read more about Mac's work at his website.

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