For several years, I made artwork out of used tea bags — partly out of choice, and partly because that was all I could afford. Having just left the corporate world, I was living in Ireland where I had no money for art supplies (or anything else for that matter), but a huge desire to make artwork. I looked for materials that were inexpensive. You can’t get much cheaper than used tea bags, and in Ireland, there was an abundant supply. Where one person sees trash, another person sees beauty.
Which brings me to this incredibly inspiring video about a children’s orchestra from a Paraguayan slum. Their instruments are constructed out of trash recycled from a landfill, the center of their community. As orchestra director Favio Chavez says, “The world sends us garbage. We send back music.”
The music is magical, the message beyond moving. Thanks to Lisa Walborsky for introducing me to this story.
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