Jeffrey Inaba and C-LAB have created this mandala of consumption, refuse, and plastic waste, with one side dedicated to the “hydration compulsion” that helps puts millions of one-use bottles in places bottles aren’t meant to be.
There is even a deity of hydration, tempting us with its multi-limbed assortment of tasty beverages.
But it’s all part of a new project meant to rethink waste management infrastructure, complete with ironic and colorfully alluring designs for private trash cans.
In this project, the trashcan has been redesigned, and mostly over-designed, to celebrate the taste of suburban culture and to give a form to the can that describes the processes of use, disposal, and management of the things we trash.
The project is thus a look at “our eco-era obsessions that generate trash: the simultaneous rise in environmental awareness and in disposable cleaning goods… the simultaneous rise in global water awareness and the generation of water bottle waste… We made a series of suburban style trash cans to describe these contradictory tendencies.”
The project goes on display today at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.
Read BLDGBLOG’s interview with Inaba here.