In December 2010, I sent a proposal to Figment for an installation in the Sculpture Garden on Governors Island. The proposal was accepted in early March 2011. Below is the proposal as an introduction to the project.
Knit for Trees
According to “reuseit.com”, about 1 million plastic bags are used every minute worldwide... a staggering figure. What is then the best way to fight this ecological disaster and at the same time acknowledge the futility of the task? Use the plastic bags as yarn to knit sweaters, scarves and mittens for trees.
Throughout the summer, I will set up a work table and collect unwanted (clean) shopping bags from visitors to Governors Island. These will be cut and used as yarns to knit sweaters, scarves, and mittens for the trees of the island. Visitors are encouraged to participate further by helping me cut the bags, roll the strips into yarns, sort the yarn by color, and knit.
You can see mock-ups of my proposal (and all the proposals for the Sculpture Garden) on Figment's website