A recycled habitat

Fragile

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)

FRAGILE