I came across a video this morning about children in a poor town in Paraguay. In the video we are told that “a community like Cateura is no place to have a violin. In fact, a violin is worth more than a house here” but the residents have found a way to let their children experience the joys of making music anyway…. by crafting instruments out of garbage from a nearby landfill.
This video also reminded me of another artistic project that I came across a few months ago.
Artist Vik Muniz painted portraits of garbage pickers who sort through the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramachoin Brazil, using the garbage that they sort through for recyclables to create his art. This project was captured in an Academy Award nominated documentary called Waste Land