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Fifty-Two Collages In 52 Weeks (From Trash To Treasure)

About the project…

Philadelphians dispose of 790,000 tons of rubbish every year.

Mixed-media artist Burnell Yow! made creative reuse of a small part of that every week from October 2004 through October 2005 via a project now known as Fifty-Two Collages In 52 Weeks.

Each week, no matter what the weather, Yow! went out on trash night in his Fitler Square neighborhood and collected the materials to be used in that week’s 8” x 10” collage. Items collected include clothes hangers, electric wires, window screens, Venetian blinds, wine bottle labels, parts scavenged from discarded printers and computer keyboards, chair caning, old coins, and even a pair of nylon stockings from the 1950s – still in the sealed package.

The completed award-winning collection of 52 collages was framed as a single work measuring over 4 feet high by 9 feet wide and was exhibited from September 5th to November 5th, 2006 at the Berman Museum of Art as part of the 22nd Annual Juried Exhibition of the National Collage Society. (Click thumbnail below to view full image.)