Vermont Wastescapes

     In the quest to justify my creation of art and meld it with my environmental convictions, Vermont Wastescapes was born.  This series was a six year journey to create a monumental work using exclusively re-cycled, re-claimed, and re-purposed materials, and to raise awareness of the volume of human waste we create, and its toll on places of natural beauty, even in a state considered as “green” as Vermont.  With the intent of minimizing the carbon footprint of traveling the state for artistic purposes, the materials used to create Vermont Wastescapes were collected during planned professional and personal visits to each county in the state.

     The images are composite compositions based on photographs taken of natural areas hidden on the back roads of Vermont, which intentionally include no manmade features.  There are fourteen counties in Vermont, and each piece of Vermont Wastescapes represents the county from which the materials were gathered; both in its shape, and the distinctive nature of the “garbage” gathered there.  Interestingly, the human detritus of each county exhibits its own unique characteristics, just as the local flora and fauna do.  This can be discerned by closely examining the fragments of material composing each natural image, which disaggregate into recognizable icons of human society.  

May Pond Loon Chick

May Pond Loon Chick

100% Post-Consumer Waste Collected from Orleans County, Vermont

Rock River Spruce and Maples

Rock River Spruce and Maples

100% Post-Consumer Waste Collected from Windham County, Vermont

White River Oaks

White River Oaks

100% Post-Consumer Waste Collected from Windsor County, Vermont

Installing VT Wastescapes at Main Street

Installing VT Wastescapes at Main Street

Mad River Frost

Mad River Frost

100% Post-Consumer Waste Collected from Washington County, Vermont

Emerald Lake Reflections

Emerald Lake Reflections

100% Post-Consumer Waste Collected Bennington County, Vermont

Emerald Lake Reflections

Emerald Lake Reflections

Bennington County (detail)

Vermont Wastescapes

Vermont Wastescapes

Installation View of All 14 Vermont Counties 100% Post-Consumer Waste from each county Installed dimensions: 3 1/2 ft. wide at top, 12 ft. high.

New Haven Mist

New Haven Mist

100% Post-Consumer Waste Collected from Addison County, Vermont

Providence Island Sunset

Providence Island Sunset

100% Post-Consumer Waste Collected from Grand Isle County, Vermont

Grand Isle detail

Grand Isle detail

Burke Mountain Beaver Chew

Burke Mountain Beaver Chew

100% Post-Consumer Waste Collected from Caledonia County, Vermont

Westford Falls and Ferns

Westford Falls and Ferns

100% Post-Consumer Waste Collected from Chittenden County, Vermont

100% Post-Consumer Waste Collected from Essex County, Vermont

October Tamarack

October Tamarack

100% Post-Consumer Waste Collected from Orange County, Vermont

Little Rock Pond Lady Slipper

Little Rock Pond Lady Slipper

100% Post-Consumer Waste Collected from Rutland County, Vermont

Little Rock Pond Lady Slipper

Little Rock Pond Lady Slipper

Rutland County (detail)

Snow-Capped Mount Mansfield

Snow-Capped Mount Mansfield

100% Post-Consumer Waste Collected from Lamoille County, Vermont

High Water on the Lamoille River

High Water on the Lamoille River

100% Post-Consumer Waste Collected from Franklin County, Vermont