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RAIR Artist Resident Creates Street Furniture from Recycled Materials

The furniture, which includes benches, planters and trash receptacles, is designed to get people to think about trash.

An artist from the nonprofit Recycled Artist in Residency (RAIR), which is housed within Revolution Recovery, has created street furniture from recycled materials for the city of Philadelphia. The furniture, which includes benches, planters and trash receptacles, is designed to get people to think about trash.

The installation is also part of the Trash Academy’s efforts to use art to address issues like waste. The Trash Academy is a collaboration between Philadelphia residents, youth, artists, business owners and environmental activists and is designed to connect community members, investigate local issues and generate solutions.

Passyunk Post has more:

On Saturday afternoon, April 8, neighbors came to a celebration of the installation of permanent ‘street furniture made from recycled objects’ at two specially chosen corners in Southeast Philadelphia, 10th & Wolf Streets and 7th & Jackson Streets.

The artist selected to create this art came from the Recycled Artist in Residency (RAIR) program. RAIR artists challenge our notions of refuse as art when they create an art installation by scrounging through a massive trash heap. These artists do their ‘dumpster diving” at Revolution Recovery’s three-and-a-half-acre lot on Milnor Street in Northeast Philadelphia, full of waste diverted from landfills for reuse.

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