Is Art Sustainable?

May 22, 2024       Randall Holbrook

Find out Friday at Open Studios 68-845 Perez Road, building H studio 14

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As the world grapples with the growing crisis of waste management, one artist is making a difference by repurposing vinyl street banners into stunning works of art. Nine years ago, a simple ad from the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce sparked a creative revolution, leading to a unique form of eco-friendly art that addresses environmental sustainability.

Every year, countless vinyl street banners are used to advertise events and happenings. After their brief moment in the spotlight, these banners are discarded, ending up in landfills where they contribute to the growing problem of non-biodegradable waste. This was the unfortunate fate of many banners until one artist saw an opportunity to transform trash into treasure.

Inspired by the West Hollywood Chamber's initiative to give away old banners to artists, SCA member Shelley Heffler embarked on a journey that not only changed the trajectory of her art-making but also contributed to environmental conservation. The artist saw potential in these discarded materials and began to create vibrant, meaningful pieces that tell a story of transformation and sustainability.

"Seeing those banners being tossed away was heartbreaking. They represent a snapshot of our community's history, and I wanted to give them a second life," says Shelley. "Art has the power to change perspectives, and by repurposing these banners, I'm not only creating something beautiful but also raising awareness about the importance of recycling and sustainability."

Shelley's work has since gained recognition for its innovative approach to recycling and its contribution to environmental awareness. Each piece is meticulously crafted, blending the original designs of the banners with new artistic elements to create a harmonious fusion of old and new.

The impact of this initiative extends beyond the art world. By repurposing these banners, Shelley has prevented a significant amount of waste from reaching landfills, highlighting the potential for creative solutions in addressing environmental challenges. This project serves as a reminder that every piece of trash can be transformed into something valuable and beautiful.

Shelley's upcoming Open Studios, will showcase a collection of these repurposed vinyl banner artworks. The exhibition aims to inspire others to think creatively about waste and consider the possibilities of recycling in their own lives.

Join us for the opening reception on Friday, May 24, 2024, 4pm-7pm, 68-845 Perez Road, building H studio 14 where you can meet the artist and learn more about this inspiring project. Together, we can make a difference, one banner at a time.

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