Artist Wendy Testu collaborated with students from the Leonard R. Flynn Elementary School and The Mission Parents Group, to create a small open play space constructed from leftover building supplies, tree branch trimmings, rubber bicycle tires, and plastic milk cartons, among other things.
Casa de la Imaginacion by Wendy Testu
Parque Ninos Unidos
23rd Street & Treat
San Francisco, California
Casa de la Imaginacion was accessible to local residents during its exhibition with the hope that, in Testu’s words, it would “… encourage local residents of all ages to take notice of their park and consider their own consumption of materials.”
ScrapEden first bloomed at the Burning Man event in 2006 when we invited citizens of Black Rock City to contribute sculptures of garden-inspired artworks made from reclaimed and recycled materials. The project yielded delightful creations, and inspired us to continue to collaborate with artists around the theme of reuse and recycling.
The ScrapEden Program evolved into a collaborative effort between the San Francisco Department of the Environment and BRAF. Together, BRAF and the DOE produce public works of art that illustrates the messages and practices of recycling and reuse. All of these collaborative ScrapEden projects serve their communities by promoting dialog and thought about the importance of recycling, reuse, and composting and about the impact of the human practices of accumulating, treating and creating waste.