Urban Tumbleweed – Next Nature’s Trash

Jan van der Asdonk
October 21st 2008

Urban Tumbleweed

Yesterday's leaves are being replaced by today's garbage. This garbage is turning into a natural feature of our environment. Urban garbage, as it's called, is becoming our next nature. It is invading our streets like a modern tumbleweed, effectively creating a phenomenon known as Urban Tumbleweed.

This Urban Tumbleweed creates a footprint of a city. To illustrate this footprint, Urban Tumbleweeds were constructed using genuine trash from the streets of both Düsseldorf and Eindhoven. Though the results appear similar, they offer a lot of detail when being observed from a closer perspective.

The question remains: what would Urban Tumbleweed from another continent look like?

Created by: Jan van der Asdonk, Guus Baggermans and Brian Garret Schuur.

Related: Trash People, American self-portrait, Portraits of American Mass Consumption.

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Posted 17/05/2011 – 04:45

hello, I have a very similar project in Mexico City... could you be more precise about what a tumbleweed is?

Rodrigo Machado
Posted 12/08/2010 – 08:07

very beautiful work !!

Posted 21/10/2008 – 18:51

makes me think of the videogame "We Love Katamari".
Nice artwork.

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