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In 2012 BIG!NYC:
* Diverted 1,200 tons of reuseable building materials from the landfill
* Donated over 57 tons of lumber to community & school gardens. That's 1,200 raised garden beds in NYC!
* Gave away $58,780 worth of materials to local organizations.
5/21 BIG!Compost Volunteer Orientation @ LIC (6:30-8pm). RSVP to email@example.com
5/28 BIG!Workshops: Know Your Tools: Women & Trans Tool 101 @ BIG!NYC Gowanus (6:30-8pm)
6/2 BIG!Workshops: Mosaic What Your Momma Gave You @ BIG!NYC Gowanus (11:30am-1:30pm)
6/8 BIG!Workshops: Scaffolding Lumber Benches with Spark Workshops @ BIG!NYC Gowanus (11:30am-1:30pm)
6/15,22,29 BIG!Workshops: Make Your Own Folding Stool with Mr. Fox @ BIG!NYC Gowanus (3 sessions; 12:30-2pm)
BIG!Gives Back + SUPERFRONT
While BIG!NYC’s warehouse is stocked with ample furnishings to outfit your home, office or set, it is also a haven for artistic materials and supplies. In fact, some of BIG!NYC’s sheet metal and lumber scraps can be viewed at SUPERFRONT’s Public Summer art installation on Governor’s Island from July 21st to September 23rd.
Materials were donated from BIG!NYC’s Astoria warehouse as a part of the BIG!Gives Back initiative to support non-profit organizations, such as SUPERFRONT which provides young artists the chance to create a temporary installation for local Brooklyn performers, non-profits, community groups, art programs, etc. Public Summer offers the opportunity for young designers to not only construct their ideas but also work with community residents and build long standing relationships.
For its third consecutive summer of the Public Summer program, SUPERFRONT has awarded the artistic partners, Amy Chang and Seo Young Shin who refer to themselves as “saA” to craft their vision entitled, “Fictional Figures”. This architectural work of art consists of a semi outdoor space with an assemblage of singular forms that morph into the components of the “Library of Immediacy” such as its tables, chairs, and columns. These figures work to create not only an artistic, but also a functional space.
Not only is the Library of Immediacy constructed from BIG!NYC’s salvaged materials, but its’ aim as a project itself embodies reuse as all visitors are encouraged to view the installation as well as exchange and donate reading materials. Thus, saA’s architectural creation successfully promotes not only the power of reuse, but the power of spreading and exchanging knowledge.
This article was written by summer intern, Casey Weiss. Photo credit: Andrea Wenglowskyj.