Glassphemy: Shattering Glass and Convention

Who says recycling has to be so serious?

Winter Storm

Glass shards fly like bullets ripping through the air, and an almost savage, animal nature takes over, as regular New Yorkers try and deal not only with their aggression, but their recycling.

David Belt is the mind behind the development group Macro-Sea and he calls his giant, rectangular, bulletproof glass box, Glassphemy “ because it’s the idea that you can screw around with the idea that recycling is holier than thou or some kind of religion.”

Throwing discarded glass bottles, full force, at -- the bullet-proof glass-protected -- faces of friends, loved ones, or enemies below, the hurlers can simultaneously enjoy a visceral recycling experience with a little something more. 

While it may just be fun for some, it can be a serious release for others. Liz Nelson, a veteran of the Iraq War, is aiming at her love of last week. She argues, “Creation and destruction and love and hate are all part of continuum of human emotion.”

Still, this box doesn’t just absorb aggression, it gives new life. Artists, Deborah Czeresko, literally renew the remnants of the bottles on site.

 “We’re taking those shards,” Czeresko says as she melts down and old coke bottle,  “and repurposing them into sculptural objects and functional objects”

But don’t expect to wake up tomorrow to the sound of breaking glass, as the project was only a two shot deal. Macro-Sea, creates “Interim Use Projects” like this throughout the country.

Last summer, the development group created a low rent country club in an industrial lot, filled with pools made of dumpsters. With Glassphemy, Macro-Sea hopes to get people to at least take another look at what we throw away. 

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