This instructable shows how you can make a wasteland more colourful and interesting by painting the ground and at the same time cleaning it from trash. Very simple by using the colouring trash picker!
In the pictures below you find two examples of such wastelands, the first in the Netherlands, the second in Berlin. The project for this instructable was accomplished in the Netherlands. (Berlin was more appropriate but out of reach..)
Step 1: Get the Colouring Trash Picker
Step 2: Find a Appropriate Wasteland
- The wasteland can be seen by a lot of people, otherwise nobody can enjoy your art! So maybe a lot of people pass by because of a road/trainstation/parking place, or the place is laying in a very central place.
- The ground is useable for paint, concrete for instance. When the surface is sand or grass, try and use enviromentally friendly paint.
- People dump trash on the wasteland
- The wasteland is accessible in any kind of way. You can find creative ways of entering closed areas on www.instructables.com as well.
In the images you find a wasteland in Amersfoort, The Netherlands. The place is centred next to a railway and the station is very close. This means trains pass by very slowly every two minutes. On the northside of the wasteland lays an cycle and foothpath that leads straight to the city center. A lot of people walk there dog on the wasteland. The community placed seven temporary walls on the wasteland, where people are free to spray paint. Trash lays all over the place and keeps coming, because people spray paint there a lot and all leave there empty graffiti cans.
But there are also two disadvantages:
- The surface is grass, which temperes the colors and when you use normal graffiti you soil the ground.
- The place is very big, so the result is less impressive because you probably only use a small part
Step 3: Pick Your Colours
You can see in the pictures that the wasteland used here, has so many colours itself because off the graffito's, that it doesn't realy matter which colours you pick. For this wasteland was used a different colour every week, so you can for example see how many trash was dumped in which period.
Step 4: Mount the Graffiti Can to the Trash Picker
Step 5: Think of a Use for the Coloured Trash
The trash on this place was used to create an ivy on the fence of the adjacent railway. The trash was easily attacked with elastics. By using the colouring trash picker every week, the ivy's grow slowly. The different colours that were used, show how much and what trash was found every week. The plant you see here starts with red, then silver and then purple. By using the fence of the railway, you put it in sight for the people in the train. On this spot, these people are your biggest public and the persons that travel daily/weekly can follow the growing and colouring proces very well!
Step 6: Colour and Clean the Wasteland!
You can collect every week as long as new trash is thrown on the wasteland, and make the place more colourful and interesting time by time!