urban wheelbarrow

2010

Considering separations between art and life, cities and nature, trash and treasure, this project was based on compressing these separations all while working towards a double transformation.

I set out on a journey with a backpack full of hand tools and one wheel, then walked 2 miles to Downtown Asheville and scavenged wood from local dumpsters and alleys. I took the wood to the center of town and began to construct a wheelbarrow on the sidewalk. I moved the operation to several different locations within the Downtown area during the duration of the project.

The idea was to transform trash wood into a functional object, a wheelbarrow, and then grow grass in the object that would then be planted in place of the scavenged wood. The double transformation took place in trash becoming an object, and then again in trash sites becoming green spaces. Ultimately this project was a reflection on my life experience of being thrown away, pulled out of the dumpster, and then transformed both internally and externally.

Bringing together that which is rural and urban, public and private, natural and unnatural, the project temporarily disrupted the context and conventions of Downtown Asheville while both recycling and providing extra greenery in the area.