Spoon Fed Environmental Art Sprouting Up Globally
September 20, 2009 by Robin Plaskoff Horton
100 billion individual disposable pieces of plastic cutlery, according to some sources, are used and disposed of each year around the globe. In a landfill, these plastic utensils can take an estimated 500-1000 years to break down into smaller components.
Finnish Artist Lea Turto turned 12,000 plastic forks, knives, and spoons into beautiful works of site-specific environmental art. She attracted audience participation as the public took part in “planting” the installation. The works were temporary, continuously evolving: grass grew over them in three weeks, a triumph of nature over man-made materials? The artist subsequently gathered up all the cutlery, washed them, and then used them again to create the next installation.