Made entirely from Recycled
January 12, 2015 - July 19, 2015
Philadelphia artist Lucia Thomé has created an installation made entirely of recycled materials. The artwork addresses the importance of re-purposing discarded materials and pays homage to one of the world's most famous modern artists, Sol LeWitt (1928-2007).
Thomé has fabricated a small scale flat-bed truck carrying cargo patterned after LeWitt's Wall Drawing 1152. LeWitt created a series of large-scale wall drawings that have been described as bold, geometric structures that appear deceivingly simple. The drawings, painted directly on the wall, are intended to be temporal and are re-created by following highly detailed instructions. The wall drawings are then painted over at the end of each exhibition. The ephemeral quality of LeWitt's wall drawings and the concept that they are to be re-made and ultimately their physical presence erased has inspired Thomé, who has eloquently equated LeWitt's practice to today's urgency regarding recycling and re-use.
Thomé conceived of this artwork while working at RAIR – Recycled Artist in Residency, a Philadelphia non-profit whose mission is to stimulate awareness about sustainability through art and design. RAIR, uniquely located within the construction and waste recycling facility Revolution Recovery, offers participating artists studio space and access to over 350 tons of materials daily – literally a studio within a waste stream. All of the materials in Haulin' Sol have been sourced from Revolution Recovery as part of RAIR's goal to bridge art, sustainability, and industry.