Zena Zakanycz

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At this site, whole contents of houses would be dumped, crushed and driven away to be buried. The creation of a semi clear surface cover served to both bring attention and mourning to these lost objects

Zena Zakanycz used the recycling center’s tipping yard as a stage for a series of site-specific installations that compared waste accumulation to naturally occuring topography. Zena’s projects were each prompted by and built primarily of a single material readily available in the waste piles: broken shards of drywall were collected and arranged to form the composition of a rugged winter landscape; dozens of plastic sheets were sewn together to form a translucent shroud large enough to cloak one of the site’s mountains of waste. Zena’s installations were eventually returned to the waste stream, but can be shared off-site through photo documentation.