Trash Nesting
at Philadelphia's Art in the Open
These interactive sculptures on Philadelphia’s Schuylkill River waterfront are made from chain-link fencing and scavenged plastic bags. While making them, I mimicked the plastic waste scavenging habits of urban birds and waterfowl, who often incorporate fibrous, weave-able garbage into their nest-building process. The three large sculptures encouraged play among adults and children, and visitors wove in their own materials during a 3-day period. Made to be interactive, the nests became a gathering place in which to negotiate the ideas of garbage, danger, bird intelligence, and our own spectrums of comfort as they relate to potentially “dirty” spaces.