I am tormented by the plastic bits of toys, discards from the kiddies in my life, that I have been unable to toss (the toys, not the kiddies). There is no practical excuse for holding onto all those scraps from their evolving toy inventory, as well as the remnants from numerous birthday party gift bags, McHappy Meals, dollar-store impulse buys and stocking stuffers.
There is now a solution (in this city at least) to my little problem of hoarding boxes of bits: the Beyond the Blue Box program that accepts the normally rejected plastics on the third Saturday of every month (details at bottom).
But I'm still holding onto the art possibilities, my last excuse for hoarding all that brilliant-hued detritus. I just haven't come up with my own fabrication plan yet, hence the torment.
But I am inspired by the likes of Japanese Hideki Kuwajima, whose assemblages of toys evoke beetles, reminding me of the Japanese penchant for beetles as pets (and the Kyoto neighbourhood supermarket that sold them.)
The toys don't have to be intact, in fact, the remnants can take the work into a more abstracted field, as seen in Wavelengths (below), by UK artist Steve McPherson. The artist states that his work was created using "unaltered marine plastic debris objects found on the UK coast, 1994-2013."
The Beyond the Blue Box program hosts drop-offs on the Eastside (Britannia Community Centre) and the Westside (Lord Byng Secondary school) on the third Saturday morning of every month.
Hit the link to find out more about the last-chance recycling for the rejects from the City's recycling program.