Artist Karrie Hovey makes gardens out of garbage – literally. The San Francisco-based artist recently filled the Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center for the Arts in Savannah, Georgia with thousands of flowers made from plastics, paper, cardboard, and display materials that have been cast aside by retailers. Part of the artist’s installation series “the Garden Grows…” the work consists of architectural interventions throughout the public spaces of the museum reflecting the ever expanding waste stream generated by consumer culture. Her work in Savannah also plays upon the visuals of a city known for its green spaces. In the atrium, Hovey extends the oak trees of Savannah’s squares into the building with a tree branch made from cast-off paper and leaves of post-consumer plastic. Hovey references the gardens found throughout the city’s historic district with window boxes, creeping vines, urns and small floral components in nooks and crannies throughout the museum. One prominent wall filled with flowers and birds – “mums” and “tweets” as Hovey calls them – made with books recovered from the trash. Other windows sport leaves cut from old yoga mats and flowers made from fast food sandwich bags.

+ Karrie Hovey

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