A recycled habitat


A recycled forest in the heart of Montreal’s Eaton Centre.

Last summer, while in Montreal on holiday, we visited the Eaton Centre and came across an art installation made from recycled waste materials from the shopping centre.  Called Fragile, it was the work of Roadsworth and Brian Armstrong.  Given access to the Centre’s recycling bins over eight months, the artists transformed the retail centre into an ecosystem.

Cardboard trees with soda can leaves.

Bubble wrap salmon leap up a plastic bottle stream.

Cardboard lily pad with plastic bottle and coat hanger frog.

Coat hanger dragonflies with cellophane wings.

Strolling through the recycled garden.

“When you present something playfully, or even satirically, you create a space where people can drop their defences. When you manage to do this, you can reach them at a level at which they’ll be receptive to what you have to say.”
— Peter Gibson (a.k.a. Roadsworth)



8 thoughts on “A recycled habitat

    • Ah ,yes,I forgot that you are relatively local to this. We ducked into the mall for a respite from searing summer heat and ended up spending ages enjoying the installation. A lovely surprise.

  1. Fabulous – exhibition and photos. There is an artist working near here who works with recovered materials, and he calls himself a “recuperologue” but his work is nowhere near as wonderful as that in your photos.

    • Thank you. I like that term, recuperologue. I made this post for a friend. We were chatting over coffee yesterday and she told me about her work with a group of volunteers who are trying to save a village library under threat of closure from funding cuts. One of their projects is an art workshop for children using recycled waste. I thought she might find ‘Fragile’ inspirational.

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