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I posted a while back an item about how local produce featured in my neighbourhood grocery store in Dawson City in the Yukon. (Actually, the town is so small there is only One neighbourhood with just two grocery stores for the whole town.)
Here is another idea from Dawson. This comes from Dawson's public art gallery, known as the ODD Gallery because it is in the old Oddfellows hall. (They recycle buildings there, as well.)
Indeed, this is a recycling idea. In the gallery, they had an art installation that took the form of a bird's eye view of Dawson City and surrounding countryside, set out on the floor, with buildings, rivers, trees and all made from recycled materials scavenged from the local dump (or 'tip' in your dialect). Houses and stores were made from cardboard packagings; trees were bits of greenery salvaged from those awful plastic Christmas trees; the mighty Yukon River and the less mighty (but still bigger than anything in NSW) Klondike River were represented by a stream of plastic bottle caps. As well as the town, the artist also made a model of the town's landfill site, again all made from recycled materials.
I have attached some photos to this blog to give a better idea of how it looked. If we are real lucky and Telstra/Bigpond is actually working, you might be able to open the photos.
As part of the exhibition, visitors were invited to take away an item or two as a souvenir. (I took three!) They hoped in this way the exhibition would over the summer disappear completely and, in the process, not only leave them with nothing to throw away but also push home the notion that rubbish can have a value. A bit of waste cardboard becomes an art object and is transported home to reside on my bookshelf.
Here's my idea. Actually, it's an idea shared with Patrick, King of the Dumpsters.
Why not engage some local primary schools to construct similar townscapes, along the same lines as the one in the ODD Gallery, using recycled materials scavenged from home or school. But, instead of just doing Bathurst or their neighbourhood as it is now, have them research and then construct an environmentally friendly, carbon neutral, town or neighbourhood of the future. Their future. BCCAN might sponsor and coordinate this activity, with perhaps the "towns" exhibited at the Royal Bathurst Show (or similar public event) and suitable prizes and certificates awarded.
Anyways, that's the idea and the suggestion.
And, it comes to you courtesy of the ODD Gallery in Dawson City, Yukon Territory.
In a future posting, I will tell you about Dawson City Museum's really neat idea to combat plastic shopping bags and their discarding by visiting tourists.
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The Automatic Earth
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The Keiser Report
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So this is the first of my blogs, and until I think of what else to put up here I'll leave you with this link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bathurst-Community-Climate-Action-Network-...
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This image was uploaded with the post Tracy's Column.