In August, UNLISTED took part in the third annual Mini Maker Faire. The Faire is a one-day event for Pittsburgh families to engage in arts, crafts, engineering, food, music, and technology with a DIY mindset.
We saw this amazing exhibit in Berlin at Kultur:Stadt that showcased a clean trash city that had been imagined by young people.
We were inspired and wanted to use the technique to encourage citizens to (re)imagine Pittsburgh. So, with clean trash sculpture, we set out to construct a new Pittsburgh. Oh, clean trash is a fancy way to say: cardboard boxes, egg cartons, toilet paper rolls, plastic containers / pretty much any recyclables that one could use to help build a building.
For the Faire, we asked participants:
We need your help! We are imagining a new Pittsburgh.
Help us by building a clean-trash sculpture, either:
1) Something that you want to save from the Pittsburgh of today.
2) Something you hope to be in the Pittsburgh of tomorrow.
Over the course of six hours, this happened:
Yes, that is a monster at the end. We ended up having a lot of fun and found tons of inspiration in the folks who stopped to (re)imagine Pittsburgh.
Here is a complete list of the buildings that were constructed:
Sister Sweater Bridge
Pgh Love Satellite
Cathedral of Learning
Zipline connecting Cathedral to TJ’s
Bike path around entire city
Urban coffee farm
Barge performance venue
The Eiffel Tower
Kayaks on the river
Northshore Water Steps
Building Parts Place Factory
The Incline (working model)
Protection Place: police station + military place
A laser show
Vegan snack shop
Steel Building (US Steel Tower)
Waterfront park to boat launch
Clock Tower #2
Tube factory (Tubing Inc.) with delivery truck
If you have a moment, let us know in the comments below what you would:
1) Save from the Pittsburgh of today.
2) Hope to be in the Pittsburgh of tomorrow.