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Artistic use for Catering Disposables

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

Tara Donovan at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave, Boston  has created a number of works of art from some of our more mundane catering disposable products, namely White Paper Plates, Plastic Non Vending Cups, Drinking Straws and Toothpicks to name a few.

As you can see below the works resemble rocks, seas, clouds, mountain ranges and other natural formations. The Brooklyn sculptor was named a MacArthur Fellow last month, receiving a £500,000 ‘Genius Grant’ in the process.

 

Plastic Cupstoothpicks
Plastic CupsPaper Plates
Plastic CupsDrinking Straws
Drinking StrawsPlastic Cups
Plastic CupsPaper Plates
Donovan says of her work, “it is not like I’m trying to simulate nature. It’s more of a mimicking of the way of nature, the way things actually grow. My work might appear ‘organic’ or ‘alive’ specifically because my process mimics, in the most elementary sense, basic systems of growth found in nature.”