Continue reading below
Our Featured Videos
green design, eco design, sustainable design, Cheryl McGinnis, Flatiron Building, Flatiron Arts Space, Gwyneth Leech, Upcycled paper cups, public art installation, Sprint Art Space

At the base of the Flatiron Building, a glass enclosed prow comes to a point, creating an awkward interior space, visible from both sides of the street. Inside, Leech sits on work days from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with art supplies and markers fanned out before her, drawing on each cup. The cup designs range from abstracts and patterns to scenes Leech sees outside the window. There are images of specific passersby, visitors, and hotdog carts that are stationed near the Flatiron, floating alongside vibrant polka dots and squiggles.

As Leech finishes each colorful cup, she strings them with fishing line from the ceiling of the space. They sway and turn gently, giving the viewers on the outside the 360 degree view of each piece of art. From far away, they appear like gauzy colorful curtains. At night, they are illuminated, creating a bright patterned mirage at the base of the iconic building.

The project is a collaboration with dealer Cheryl McGinnis, who often curates projects that engage the public — and putting an artist and interactive exhibition in one of the most trafficked commuter areas couldn’t get any more engaging! Leech began recycling coffee cups into art a few years ago (at jury duty, no less) when faced with the boredom of waiting. The project not only allows the artist to upcycle used cups, but there is also an seemingly endless supply from coffee-addicted New Yorkers.

The installation is only on display for just a few more days, with Ms. Leech packing up her cups this Saturday. Make sure to stop by, maybe she’ll even draw you!

+ Gwyneth Leech

Via New York Times

all photos via Gwyneth’s Full Brew