Being Texas-OU weekend, I thought I would bring it back to Austin for a little environmental action. Back in late September, an environmental organization called Austin Green Art created "Cup City" for the Austin City Limits Music Festival. The enormous temporary art installation was sponsored by Starbucks. Cup City should be noticed not for what it is, but what it illustrates.
The project was designed by architect Legge Lewis Legge and incorporated 41 fence panels (6 x 15 foot), zip ties, and approximately 25,000 pieces of recyclable garbage. Rent-a-fence provided the fencing. And from what I understand, the project included solar powered lighting to illuminate the temporary behemoth at night.
The project became a temporary, shaded lounge area where people gathered and interacted during the festival. But even more importantly, the project illustrates how people need to change the way they consume. Where talking about massive amounts of water bottles, plastic, paper, coffee cups, etc., that just gets thrown away everyday. In recycled form, this stuff can be put to use. Oh, and as a side note, Starbucks donated $1 for every beverage sold at the festival to Austin Green Art, so it’s certain that more of these types of projects are in store for the future.