Plastic River takes trash from the beach and other public spaces and turns it into sculpture. This is a creative response to Climate Change and Chicago’s problematic recycling program.
“Right now, just 8 percent of the waste from the 600,000 homes with city garbage service is being recycled, according to a study commissioned by the city’s Department of Environment. The number is 19 percent for buildings with private service.”
Plastic River is a collaborative art project for the month of July between Artist David Gista and PO Box Collective, a new collaborative social practice in Rogers Park , a community that takes pride in its big open beaches.
Gista, says “Plastic River satisfies two purposes: to clean up our beaches, spread awareness of the garbage problem on our beaches and to transform garbage into beautiful art. This will be a community effort to collect trash and create the sculpture. Neighbors held a beach cleanup on June 9. There will be another beach cleanup Sat July 13 10am at Pratt Pier. Neighbors will also assist David in building Plastic River starting Sunday July 21. Opening reception is Sunday July 28 4pm-7pm at the PO Box Collective 6900 N. Glenwood in Rogers Park.
Plastic River continues the theme of Climate Crisis from June programming at the PO Box Collective, which hosted a photo show on the impact of Climate Change in Rogers Park called 4 Degrees.
Sat July 13th Beach Clean up at Pratt Pier at 10am
Sunday July 21 6pm Build sculpture
Sunday July 28th Opening Reception 4pm-7pm