The Lower East Side Ecology Center is seeking applications for an artist-in-residence to turn local waste into art.
It’s an unpaid position, but the accepted artists will get a 200-sq.-ft. work space inside the warehouse and free use of any materials brought there for recycling. The artist will be charged with creating a product that can be sold at the center. They will also teach workshops on how to reuse discarded electronics.
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"By having this program, we're showing people that what they throw in the garbage is something you can get creative with. It's another way of educating people about waste."
The LES Ecology Center, which also runs an environmental learning center and compost program, opened its 11,000-square-foot e-waste warehouse in Gowanus in 2012.
The facility accepts donations of old computers, TVs, cameras and other electronic gadgets.
The warehouse contains a store that sells refurbished electronics, all of which are tested to make sure they still work. It also has a prop library where movie and TV production companies can rent equipment such as vintage TV sets or colorful old iMacs.