meva: recycled shadow from newspapers
meva: recycled shadow from newspapers meva: recycled shadow from newspapers
aug 21, 2011

meva: recycled shadow from newspapers

san francisco street shadow, alicante (spain)

‘recycled shadow’ is a playful installation project undertaken by spanish architectural collective meva to productively use old newspapers that would otherwise be discarded. the artists fold hundreds of newspaper pages into paper windmills, which they then hang on nylon mesh into suspended sculptures that provide shade to passersby underneath.

meva initiated the project in response to research by london municipal centers that indicated that the daily distribution of free newspapers in the city creates over 100 extra tons of paper waste each year. in the city of madrid, about 938,000 copies of these publications are distributed daily, most of which ultimately end up in garbage cans.

meva elaborates, ‘the windmills are organized to provide shadow with a simple changing pattern, each of them rotates and balances on its own to the rhythm of the gentle summer breeze.’

view of the shadow cast by the hanging sculpture, ‘san francisco street shadow’, alicante, spain

full view of ‘san francisco street shadow’, alicante, spain

installation view of ‘san francisco street shadow’, alicante, spain

detail of windmill, courtyard of the ministry of environment, madrid, spain

courtyard of the ministry of environment, madrid, spain

view from above,courtyard of the ministry of environment, madrid, spain<

room view, courtyard of the ministry of environment, madrid (spain)

windmills pattern

full view of an individual paper windmill

folding diagrams

construction diagram

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication.

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  • Why did you use staples? Seems contradictory.

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