The Re-Enlightenment is not merely an aesthetic sculptural proposal. In contrast to conceptual individualistic arts, it requires both the collaboration and the involvement of a whole community in the construction process. It is at once a monument and a statement about recycling and it invites us to rethink whether the rational ideas of the Enlightenment really brought us the wealth we craved.
It attempts to offer a new light or beacon for our society, and at times even appears to be alive, as the bottles produce a pleasing echo when the wind blows. It is a piece that urges us not to forget our ability to sense the world through our hands, and not to forget that our planet is alive. It is formed in the shape of a shell, bio-mimicking the hermit crab’s recyclable home. Hermit crabs use shells as houses and, as they grow, they change to a bigger shell and leave their previous house for a younger hermit crab to inhabit. The piece was inspired by Michael Reynold’s carbon neutral ‘earthships’, and was first constructed during a residency in Spain, Joya Air. Tere Chad is currently evaluating new places to construct it.
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ReImagining Joya published by Thames Festival Trust. ReImagining Joya was an exhibition at Thames-side Studios Gallery where Central Saint Martins MA Art & Science alumni gathered to reflect upon their experiences in Joya: Art + Ecology / AiR Residency.
Sculpting Through Recycling: Repurposing waste into art installations.
The Re-Enlightenment has been included in the virtual book ‘Building Fom The Corona Crisis Toward A Sustainable Future’ published by Sustainability First (p. 24).
How could we transform waste into something beautiful and useful? How could waste bring communities together?
Tere Chad’s recycled bottles propeller wind instrument proposes speculative scenarios where we re-think our relation with waste. This piece was presented in the Brunel Museum (2019). Isamabard Kingdom Brunel invented the first propeller-driven. Iron ship, thus it was the most appropriated venue to test this piece.
The maquette of the ReEnlightenment was lastly presented at ReImagining Joya exhibition.
Read more about Tere Chad’s experience in Joya Air Residency in Andalucía, Spain (2018).