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Upcycling is perhaps a hallmark of what is known as a “circular economy,” a concept for an industrial economy that is, by design or intention, restorative in nature.
An Upcycle Art Show
Upcycling is perhaps a hallmark of what is known as a “circular economy,” a concept for an industrial economy that is, by design or intention, restorative in nature. The founding principles rely on the idea that: » Waste no longer exists – it is a resource » Diversity within a system increases resilience » Long-term energy comes from renewable sources » “Systems” thinking lies at the heart of design.
Thirty years ago, the City of Albuquerque Open Space Division began as a department and employees regularly discovered pickup trucks dumping trash on the banks of the Rio Grande. Today, we as a Division and as a city are turning out in record numbers: monitoring the Bosque and lands comprising Open Space’s 29,000 acres, cleaning and maintaining the foothills trails, removing trash from basins where sacred Petroglyphs are found along the volcanic escarpments, participating in nature walks, water quality monitoring, native species revegetation and invasive species removal. We are filling our blue carts with recyclables at an alarming rate. And when we see illegal dumping, we are reporting it. How will our commitment to restoration look in another thirty years? Be inspired by the inventiveness of these artists and create your own vision.
Open Space is our system; its lands are under our care.
- * Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value…. where old products are given more value, not less. “Revived” artists go one step further in transforming that waste product into a work of art.
REIMAGINE THE “CYCLE” OF RECYCLING.
The Open Space Visitor Center is located at 6500 Coors Blvd. NW between Montaño Rd. and Paseo del Norte at the end of Bosque Meadows Rd. The Center is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and closed Mondays. Call 897-8831 for more information or visit www.cabq.gov/openspace/visitorcenter.html