“Recycling street art” denotes reclaiming the city space for local communities and “reclaiming” apparently useless things; it is also an element of social animation, performed in the public space, cyclic meetings in the form of happening and painting on recycled materials (old roof tiles, pottery, tiled stoves, stone, glass bottles and jars). There are no useless things. Or people. There is only excessive and superficial consumption of disposable things. By painting, we bring back long, meaningful life of dignity. To things and people. There are a lot of such useless bottles (and people, surely), rejected and thrown away – behind a fence, behind a border – out of our minds. To separate ourselves from that “dumpsite” with a high wall and barbed wire? And why don’t we, together, having pondered for a while, give up the wasteful culture of disposability and stop devastating the Earth’s resources and the beauty of the natural and cultural landscape? Why don’t we stop throwing things out and replace disposability with a long life cycle... of packaging? Beauty and durability versus tackiness and disposability. Let our lives be long and meaningful. And let others – things and people – live. You will notice neither beauty nor sense when you’re in a hurry all the time.
Street-art happenings make use of useless and unwanted things, sometimes regarded as waste: old roof tiles, glass bottles and jars (spent packaging), field rocks or defective ceramic products (house renovation waste). Joint painting in the public space (parks, squares, libraries, schools, universities, etc.), during scientific conferences, festivals of philosophy, science picnics and “luncheon on the grass” meetings produces small items, subsequently placed in the public space in street exhibitions or as items of street furniture. Used for field games (using QR codes and mobile Internet access) and educational tales of history, nature and landscape transformations. Educational purpose: history of places, history told with things (rocks, roof tiles, jars and bottles), sustainable development, importance of greenery in the city, local biodiversity and wild nature in the city, effects of growing consumption and large amounts of waste on nature, recycling, reusing, upcycling and environment- and landscape-friendly lifestyle, city greenery and the public meeting space, human ecology.
People paint to make the world more beautiful – even though the beauty may be fleeting. We meet people while painting and use this simple activity to bring back sense and meaning to – apparently useless – things. Messages are not communicated only by words. Joint painting is the “slow science” in the country. One of the problems suffered by science – apart from excess waste, that is, empty packages – is an excess of empty work, that is, endeavouring to meet targets, to score points. Sometimes, members of scientific (academic) communities propose to reduce the number of publications – to make them fewer but better (it is not the number, but the quality and profundity of what is published that counts – no one will read excessive content).
And I still haven’t had an opportunity to paint a roof tile or a bottle from Malaysia...