Remade in America
Remade in America is the next step of evolution in the Broken Circles series. It further explores the state of recycling and how it can rebuild our society. People who are big on recycling take great pride in how environmentally conscious they are. Remade in America demonstrates how our society’s overabundance of waste can affect our world’s natural environments, and an everyday items can be transformed into a beautiful work of art.
The sculpture continues to convert waste into repurposed beauty. The message is to break the circle of no longer caring about how our actions affect the outside world.If we continue our practice of living in a disposable society a popular fear is that America is an empire in decline. One can only hope that, as the economy continues to recover or the surfeit of excited comparisons between the United States and ancient Rome will dissipate, allowing more sober assessments of America's future to take center stage.
Our current actions perpetuates a stagnate economy. We have forgotten our past and abandoned our pride as a society. This county became great during the industrial revolution. Manufacturing allowed us to become an affluent nation with a global reach. We were respected and helped advance the quality of life well into the twentieth century. However during the latter part of the twentieth century we dropped the ball. As we began to outsource our manufacturing the American Dream began to disappear. As we become more aware of what has happened we look at our culture and see how our once-valued traditions have declined. For those of us who have been around awhile, it is alarming the way our culture has turned back from traditional values, which we once deemed good, and now declare them bad and outdated.
Recycling old junk not only benefits the environment, it breathes new life into old objects that were once destined for the landfill. Through the collection of discarded materials and converting used or waste products into new material we create new products, and reduce the need to consume natural resources. Remade in America metaphorically sends this message by creating beauty from disposed products. It’s like alchemy which turns base metal into gold, except that it turns trash into gold and junk into art.