Eco ArtPrize: “Sack Supper”

What weighs 600 pounds, is 13 feet tall, and is made up of 45,000 empty juice-boxes (Kids Food Basket blog)?  A pile of trash left behind after lunchtime at an elementary school?  Not exactly.  This is a very creative ArtPrize piece.  It is a larger-than-life example of the meals that are provided for school kids by Kids Food Basket.  “Sack Supper,” by Rick Vangelderen and Interactive Studio is a symbolic piece of art which represents the main mission of Kids Food Basket.  “Sack Supper” is “also intended to pay tribute to the hundreds of generous volunteers and organizations in the community who generously give of themselves to provide food items, assemble the sack suppers and deliver them to the kids at school” (ArtPrize).

Although individual disposable juice-boxes are not exactly environmentally friendly, at least these 45 thousand boxes have been reused in order to represent a great organization and their campaign to help hungry kids.

“Sack Supper” is located on the second floor of the DeVos Place Convention Center.  To find out more about Kids Food Basket, please visit their website at- www.kidsfoodbasket.org.

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  1. Erlie
    Erlie says:

    Peter,Thanks for your sioegstugn. Actually it is close to what I was suggesting a few months ago. However, the Japanese govt is adamant that it will restart as many of the nuclear reactors as soon as it can and will give NO date for shutting any of them down NOR a final date for the total withdrawal from nuclear power. So I’m saying ‘OK, there are problems, let’s shut them all down now!’ The govt IMHO is forcing all reasonable people into extreme positions, and this is not good. I would go for your compromise, but that’s not what’s happening here.ALSO, there is one more solution you do not mention. Use less energy. This is really where society is going this century. Fossil fuels are on the way out. Nuclear probably cannot run at all without the backup of relatively cheap fossil fuels (we can argue that if you’re interested), and all renewables are likely to be a lot less efficiently manufactured without relatively cheap fossil fuels. Anyway, a society running on renewables will not be like today’s society – there will likely be a lot less power available per capita, so it will almost certainly be a decentralized, low-energy society and economy. That’s where we’re going. Once you understand this (it’s debatable, of course) you will see that nuclear power doesn’t fit into the equation at all. Then there is the waste problem, then the routine radiation problems and then the risk of severe accidents – small, but possible, especially in Japan where severe earthquakes can occur literally at any moment. The govt’s attempt at extending the life of nuclear power here in Japan ‘forever’ misses the point about the directionality of the 21st century. They are sleepwalking in the late 20th century and need to wake up, quick!!

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