Christopher Goodwin’s love affair with garbage has given way to some retrospective art. He spends his days driving a dump truck but continues to pick up trash even when he’s off the clock. A candy wrapper, a losing lottery ticket, a cigarette butt all seem collectibles for him.
Obviously, this is a very banal piece of trash, But I kind of think everything deserves a second look. Someone designed this, manufactured it, used it and tossed it away.
Goodwin, a 37-year-old Northeast Washington resident, is the founder of a project called Trashball. He collects garbage and puts it in one-inch plastic balls that dispense from gumball machines. Special or oversize pieces of trash get posted on the Trashball blog. On the blog, trash becomes social commentary on some very fine posts!
Washington’s two Trashball machines sit at the Warehouse Theater on Seventh Street NW and the restaurant Busboys and Poets on 14th Street NW. there’s not too much money in it so far So far, he has sold about 3,000 Trashballs at a quarter a pop and that comes to just $750.
Goodwin is a “proud dropout” of the Corcoran College of Art and Design. Earlier he wanted to use garbage as a medium for fine art, but then Goodwin says he got lazy and thought the gumball machines would be easier. And so Trashball “quasi-art’ was born. Goodwin enjoys hauling away trash so much that he quit his part-time corporate job earlier this month.
What he’s doing is the perfect means to focus attention on a ruining environment and unnecessary wastage. Hats off, to Christopher Goodwin and his effort to enlighten the world with thrash.
Source: Washington post