REPURPOSING DINOSAURS OF PAST CULTURES
ECHO PARK, CA
BY ArtCoWo Press © 12 - 14 - 16
Repurposing dinosaurs of our past culture is nothing new but it seems as these material monuments begin to drift into the seemingly not so distant past, we must take note of them. Enter the "Payphone," a once useful tool now defunct and useless. No, they don't work. They sit there unused and un-cared for by the city. What to do with them? Lets make art installations out of their dead carcasses. People repurpose furniture and wooden objects all the time, why not items that no longer have value.
I mean let us look at the facts. Most people, even children and homeless people have cell phones. Why then must we keep these ugly apparatuses around much longer. As we continue to pummel our way into the future these strange beings from another time will continue to amaze youngens from all walks of life. Even our own adult minds will wonder what they are for as some of the actual phones have been ripped from the dead bodies of the payphone itself.
This unknown artist has enriched us with these crystalline beauties laying the inside of the phone housing. He or she has turned this once public product into a work of fanciful art. The artist transformed the dull environment into something other that just an urban wasteland. This was a magical piece waiting for my team to discover. It is part kitch part urban fantasy.
This is just one example of the repurposed items we have come across. We once found a newspaper box turned into a contemporary art piece. It is somewhere on our Instagram feed. If you know this artist or are the artist himself please email us your contact info we would love to acknowledge your name as we have already praised your work.
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UNKNOWN ARTIST   "PAYPHONE" PHOTO CREDIT : JOHN SMYTHE
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