Monday, January 15

Somersaulting the World into Awareness

Performance artist Mark McGowan, somersaulted 40 miles across England over a reclaimed door and a pile of bricks last year in order to demonstrate the need to "reuse more and recycle less." A representative for the artist explained the reason for the performance piece; "materials destroyed during demolition and refurbishment contain enough energy to heat 10 million homes every year in the UK." Yes, energy conservation is a good thing. Yes, reusing items from demolition is a good thing. All the same, I have my doubts that the somersault is the ultimate means of achieving awareness for this issue.

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