Make Art Not Landfill
The 25th Anniversary Exhibition of the Artist in Residency Program
The Thoreau Center for Sustainability, San Francisco, CA 2015
Over the past twenty-five years, more than 150 Bay Area Artists have worked at Recology San Francisco making art from things that people have thrown away. While making art from scavenged or recycled materials is certainly not new, having access to a city's waste stream is unique. The Recology Artists Program is the first program of it's kind in the country and was developed when curbside recycling was established in San Francisco. Conceived by artist and activist Jo Hanson, the program was the most innovative component of an education initiative to encourage people to recycle. Now, twenty-five years later, the program has garnered international attention, and has grown to include an Environmental Learning Center, an extensive public tour program, a three-acre sculpture garden. and off-site exhibitions.
It is fitting to hold this exhibition at the Thoreau Center for Sustainability, as the Recology Artist in Residency Program shares the Thoreau Center's dedication to the preservation of the enviornment and creation of a sustainable world.
Recology San Francisco