“A Working day in the Lifetime” with Toronto Visual Artist Benjamin Von Wong

Benjamin Von Wong is a concealed gem in the climate movement, seamlessly blending artistry with catalytic action and collaboration. Von Wong’s influence isn’t confined to galleries or online platforms his operate serves as foundational materials in artwork classrooms throughout the globe, inspiring the up coming generation of local climate advocates. His installations and photographs—such as the 4-story tall Big Plastic Faucet showcased at the United Nations Headquarters, the Perpetual Plastic Machine commissioned by Greenpeace, and the Guinness-recognized Strawpocalypse crafted from 168,000 plastic straws—have captivated millions, getting cornerstones in conversations that prompt nonprofits, organizations, and governments to “Turn Off The Plastic Faucet.” His artistry transcends mere visible charm, underlining the critical function of art in climate discourse. Over and above drawing focus, Von Wong actively raises significant resources for frontline communities, normally employing area talent and channelling sources where they subject most.

Ahead of picture of Von Wong in the room exactly where the E-squander generator will live at Arcadia Earth Toronto. Picture Credit history: ©Von Wong Creation | Manuel Gussmann
Benjamin Von Wong
Von Wong sorting through e-waste donated by Uni-Recycle. Graphic Credit history: ©Von Wong Production | Manuel Gussmann
Von Wong constructing installation at Arcadia Earth Toronto. Image Credit: ©Von Wong Manufacturing | Manuel Gussmann
Von Wong fabricating E-squander Generator Artwork Set up. Graphic Credit history: ©Von Wong Generation | Manuel Gussmann
Von Wong fabricating E-waste Generator Art Set up. Picture Credit score: ©Von Wong Output | Manuel Gussmann
Von Wong on E-Waste Generator throne mid-design. Impression Credit score: ©Von Wong Generation | Manuel Gussmann
Benjamin Von Wong
Initially point of view of E-Squander Generator now on exhibit at Arcadia Earth Toronto. Graphic Credit history: Arcadia Earth Toronto
Benjamin Von Wong
Next point of view of E-Squander Generator now on exhibit at Arcadia Earth Toronto. Image Credit: Arcadia Earth Toronto

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Which ‘hood are you in?

I just moved to Brooklyn, New York – and I’m fired up to uncover new pals and collaborators!

What do you do?

I’m an artist and activist – generating huge-scale experiences to speak about the world’s most urgent difficulties.

What are you at the moment doing work on?

Most a short while ago, I established the E-Squander Generator, a big art installation out of 5,100 lbs of electronic waste within of Canada’s very first sustainability-themed immersive show, Arcadia Earth Toronto. The installation focuses on championing the “Right To Repair” – a developing movement that seeks to lower the cost of digital repairs and updates to reduced the quantity of e-squander we generate as a culture.

The set up was designed with thousands of keyboards, circuit boards, mice, and cables (sponsored by Uni-Recycle), covering an 18-foot tall area, and is made so that any individual can acquire the great selfie – demanding the appropriate to mend.

Visitors will be equipped to interact with the installation, walking up steps to sit on a throne as a audio-activated damaged mirror greets you as you study the empire of electronic waste you rule about, inviting you to rethink your purpose and reliance on technological innovation.

70% of the world’s poisonous waste in landfills will come from discarded electronics and though some of that could be resolved by greater recycling, we need to have much more sustainable and repairable products. The Suitable to Maintenance motion needs that businesses give affordable elements, tools, and documentation to independent stores and product or service owners allowing us to keep on to our solutions extended.

Wherever can we locate your perform?

You can see the installation at Arcadia Earth Toronto, at The Nicely at 486 Front St. W., Toronto. Tickets are on sale below, with $2 from each individual unique ticket donated to WWF-Canada.

You can also get a look at my operate on my blog.

 

Maria Lewis

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