What is Waste Art?
Waste Art is; 15 tons of recovered waste material that's being upcycled into a large body of 2D & 3D wall, floor and pedestal art for sustainable zero-waste art exhibitions. It is also; fabrics, wooden forms and waste material motif's assembled into zero-waste art installations. And, it is a concept of adapting light electric transportation and solar power generation to public-art performances.
Where is Waste Art?
Waste Art's body of zero-waste art began in Santa Monica, California, in 1993, and has been worked on continuously since. Most of the materials used in the creation of the artworks were recovered in the counties of Los Angeles and Ventura.
Artworks are currently stored in safe, weather resistant, temperature controlled conditions in Simi Valley, California, directly behind Waste Management, which is located at the base of the Simi Valley landfill.
Simi Valley is located just a few miles from the San Fernando Valley. It is in the far Western section of Los Angeles County.
Why Zero-Waste Art?
"Waste Art's projects engage the creative practice of making art with the social and ecological issues facing the world today, earning the knowledge, language, and skills necessary to excel in this new emerging field. Furthermore; zero-waste art helps raise awareness of simple solutions that everyone can participate in to help solve our planets environmental problems.
How Can I See the Art?
Zero-waste artworks can be viewed in person by making an appointment.
Zero-waste art can be shown at any major art museum, gallery, event or festival that recognizes the catalytic roles art made with waste can play in addressing our planets pollution-free future.
Individual, already-finished-work's, can be loaned for sustainable themed art shows. Most of the zero-waste art is for demonstration purposes only and not for sale. The body of work is an ongoing project and the artist is currently seeking more venues to exhibit finished individual artworks or and sculptures.
How Art Reduces Pollution!
When non-recyclable waste material is upcycled into art it reduces future landfill volume and the greenhouse gasses that they will produce. And, zero-waste art helps to keep these unwanted "discards" from polluting our landscape, ground water supplies, rivers, lakes and seas. Also, zero waste art advocates the generation of clean electricity locally, which lessens the need for "long-distance" coal-fire generated electricity.
Who's Creating the Art?
TODD BANK is a visionary artist/inventor exploring the idea that non-recyclable waste materials converted to art can help mitigate the root causes of certain forms of pollution. His goal with the zero-waste art collection is to exhibit the entire body in a traveling solo exhibition and afterwards permanently install it in America's first Zero-Waste Art museum.
His zero-waste art projects range in size. Some are as small as a postage stamp and some as long as a city block. He is also an award-winning inventor with his light electric vehicles in the permanent collection of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles and the California Automotive Museum in Sacramento, California.