birdhouses made from cigarette butts by atelier monté
 
birdhouses made from cigarette butts by atelier monté birdhouses made from cigarette butts by atelier monté
jul 04, 2013

birdhouses made from cigarette butts by atelier monté

birdhouses made from cigarette butts by atelier monté

 

 

 

on average, a smoker disposes of 2.5 kilograms of cigarette butts each year. these are generally thrown on the ground, and birds in turn eat the ends considering them food, and die from ingesting the waste. on the other hand, the feathered creatures use the filters in the construction of their nests as they’re made from a synthetic fiber that keeps eggs warm. in wanting to make smokers aware of their actions, and reward them for their good behaviour (placing the ends in ashtrays rather than just anywhere), willem de kooning art academy graduate isaac monté of atelier monté has created the ‘filter factory’. the machine is intended as urban infrastructure, where one can put out their stubs after they’re done which are then shredded. on every three hundredth cigarette which is disposed of, a door pops open and the ‘lucky smoker’ is gifted with a birdhouse. each one is formed using a process similar to that of a big waffle iron in which the mixture is melted by the heat of the device and molded into a birdhouse. the project makes one think about people’s daily actions and how we can harness our so-called bad habits for good.

 

 


cigarette butts are pressed within a waffle iron mold to form each birdhouse

 

 


molding process

 

 


the ‘filter factory’ is intended as a piece of urban infrastructure

 

 


how the ‘filter factory’ works
video courtesy of atelier monté

 

  • Thats one smelly birdhouse. 😀

    tim says:
  • That’s disgusting.

    beatrice says:
  • I think it’s intriguing and innovative. However, would any birds come into contact with the hundreds of toxic chemicals buried
    within the fibers? The answer is yes! You can see the discolorations within the butt creations. I have used discarded butts in my own trashion wearable art fashions…but this I am afraid exposes both young and adult birds to toxic carcinogens. Even eggs are porous and can absorb this soup of chemicals. For this, it’s a disastrous Idea. Let it be a creative concept, but NOT put into actual use.

    Mary Anne Enriquez says:
  • great concept 🙂

    samah says:
  • I have to agree with Mary Anne Enriquez.

    slabua says:

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