Whippersnapper is excited to welcome Urban Trash Art to Toronto. Over the course of three weeks in July and August UTA will be working on various installations and public interventions with a featured piece presented on July 31st at RRRRR Trash Art Festival. Stay tuned for updates and ongoing documentation.
Coming all the way from Sao Paulo, Brazil, artist collective Urban Trash Art will be exploring the street corners and back alleys of Kensington Market and ChinaTown, installing public trash sculptures and murals as they go. Working with the belief that artists not only have the ability, but also the social responsibility to make artworks from reclaimed materials, UTA craft wonderfully imaginative street masterpieces solely from scrap wood, wire, plastics and other waste. Throughout late July watch out for a wooden bird sculpture or bottle cap portrait on a sidewalk near you. And if you happen to spot UTA out and about why not say hello or even join in. They love to collaborate and everyone is welcome.
The Urban Trash Art project began in January 2009 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and is the result of a partnership between the artists Cleber Padovani and Rodrigo Machado. Their practice is based on a belief that art materials should be accessible to all, and centres around issues of sustainability; transforming trash as a means and end. They return garbage found in dumpsters and sidewalks to the city as transformed art works that affect the urban landscape and offer a critical look at the issue of over-consumption and waste.