People’s trash turns into high-end home goods
The “Woulda Coulda Shoulda Did” exhibition, being held through Nov. 3, is an homage to the “Anabada” movement held during the 1990s in Korea during the financial crisis, calling for everyone to conserve, share, exchange and reuse the things in their everyday lives.
In his work, Mun uses disposed aluminum soda cans, plastic coffee cups from cafes and foam from used sofas that would have been thrown out.
Instead of just cleaning off the dust from the surface and calling something recycled, Mun’s works are something totally new: he melts all the aluminum cans in a furnace he designed, also from recycled parts, and molds the material into stools and chairs for his “Peep Peep” Collection.
“The paper used to be trees, so it carries a small amount of nutrition for the flower,” said Mun. “It’s not exactly a vase, or something for sale. But I’m trying to get across the message that I’m taking things that have been thrown away and trying new kinds of things with them.”
The “Naked Sofa” is not just practical but is pleasing to the eye as well. The different colors of the sponges are exposed by a transparent plastic cover.
“The idea of recycling isn’t something big and grand. It’s about using something, and then using it again. It’s about changing your thoughts on buying and consuming, and if the next time you do so, you think just once more about it, then that’s it.”
BY YOON SO-YEON [firstname.lastname@example.org]
with the Korea JoongAng Daily
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