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June 14, 2009 at 6:58 am #1093
iʹm an artist who makes small metal/glass items out of recycled items (aka trash art). having been a tourist to antarctica years back, iʹd love to do some antarctic themed pieces. so iʹm hoping someone on this board may know where i can get some good authentic antarctic junk.ideal items are those that would not have made it off the continent otherwise. if you can somehow prove that it came from an area that would not have otherwise been cleaned, then thatʹs best.iʹm willing to pay a fair amount for the right items. i know this is a pretty vague request (sorry), but iʹm hoping this might inspire some to see “art” in the common refuse around you. as someone who has waded through landfills, i know the best items are often the last things you would think of.at any rate, please reply to <ǃ-- e -->email@example.com<ǃ-- e --> if you have any ideas for me. iʹd appreciate the help.thanks,jeffJune 14, 2009 at 6:59 am #9479
huh. i had to think about this one… and i have two solutions for youǃfirst, the problem (as i see it)…if you were here youʹd find infinite bits of junk to work with. itʹs everywhere. heck, we have whole buildings that are junk and iʹm sure the nsf would absolutely love it if youʹd pay to have them shipped to you, but somehow i donʹt think youʹre looking for broken door frames and 800-lb chunks of old metal roofs. <ǃ-- s:wink: --><ǃ-- s:wink: --> anything unclaimed that is small, shippable, and distinctly antarctic-ish is usually snatched up by the people who work here as a memento, and everything else is, well, the same kind of crap youʹd find at your local landfill. eventually it is all sent back to the states by cargo vessel, and 70% or so is recycled.now the solutionsǃ1) the auction. every year all the antarctic crap, er, i mean potentially salvageable goods that get shipped back to the states is sold off at auction. this can be anything from computers, ovens, trucks, and other unidentifiable doodads. thereʹs no tellinʹ what youʹll find. and hereʹs the deal — itʹs guaranteed to be from the antarctic program. even better, itʹs in your neck of the woods: port hueneme, california. hereʹs the only link i know of, the rest is up to you:http://www.matherauctions.com/upcoming.html2) are you goodʔ or perhaps the real question is, do you have good marketing for your artʔ youʹll love this… the nsf sponsors a variety of artists and writers to come down to the ice every year and do their thing. no salary, but everything else is all-expenses-paid. you can apply online at the nsf website. this year, for instance, palmer station hosted an artist that makes latex casts of ice as molds for his glass art. that was cool. mcmurdo hosted a loony artist who put big blue balls out on the sea ice in some sort of imitation of the celestial spheres, or something abstract like that. i guess thereʹs no accounting for taste; iʹd like to be on the committee that decides which artists get the red carpet treatment… anyway, i digressed. if youʹre a serious artist, the nsfʹs artists and writers program is an option. google for that and iʹm sure youʹll get an eyeful.good luckǃgJune 14, 2009 at 6:59 am #9480
glenn — thanks so much for your helpful and thoughtful reply. you are indeed the king penguinǃ family needs will probably prevent me from spending a summer down there, but the auction is right up my alley. iʹll let you know if i find anything.thanks again,jeff
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