20.1.11

H A Schult- Trash People And The Beach Garbage Hotel


We produce trash, are born from trash, and will turn back into trash- HA Schult



Hans-Jürgen Schult’s, known as HA Schult is a conceptual artist who often uses trash to create his art. In 1996 he created an art installation titled Trash People where he constructed one thousand life size ‘people’ made from crushed cans, electronic waste and other refuse from human consumption.
Originally shown in the Amphitheatre of Xanten located in the North Rhine-Westphalia state of Germany- the exhibition has traveled around the world and shown in Moscow’s Red Square, at the Great Wall of China, the Pyramids of Giza as well as Rome, New York, Barcelona, Brussels, and Antarctica.


In 2010, Mr. Schult created the world’s first hotel made of garbage as a commentary to Ocean pollution. The five bedroom hotel- Beach Garbage Hotel is located in Madrid and made of approximately 40%  material found on the beaches of Spain, France, Germany, Italy and in the UK. The remainder of the hotel is made from artifacts found in garbage dumps and flea markets. Mr. Schults goes on to say that by creating this temporary home for tourists he hopes to bring attention to to the massive amount of waste generated by mass tourism in Europe.
Rose Piqueras- a spokeswoman for the project, said the aim was to show something contrasting with the pictures painted by the tourism industry and goes on to say: we wanted to show what our holidays could become if we don't clean our beaches.

Would you stay in the Beach Garbage Hotel?

24 comments:

Pat Tillett said...

that is quite an amazing statement!
The photo with the statues next to the lake is amazing! I can't even begin to imagine the logistics of making these things.

It really brings to mind the Terra Cotta Warriors...

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

Yes Pat- I agree- I was actually going to mention the resemblance to the Terracotta Soilders- my parents were in China and bought the monkeys some reproductions and they went to visit them this summer in Toronto- I plan to make that a separate post-

jeanette from everton terrace said...

I was thinking the same thing as Pat, both with the Warrior reference and to the logistics of storing and transporting these things. Do you suppose someone watches over them at night? Perhaps they are too big and cumbersome to remove. Totally fascinating. I don't think I would stay in the little hotel- but I would like to see it.

tulpen said...

The garbage people might appear in a nightmare... sorta creepy.

Phoenix said...

I would totally stay in a hotel made of trash - and it really does amaze me to see how much trash even I generate on a day to day basis. It's crazy, but it's also frustrating because I don't see many companies using and reusing recyclable packaging and so on. We need to step up as consumers!

Krystal said...

I my gosh, that is so interesting!! I wonder how the hotel would smell?!

la petite coquine said...

How creative! My mom's best friend lived in a house that was primarily built out of used tires and recycled aluminum cans, and it was incredible!

Gabbi said...

Amazing work! I would most definitely stay at the Beach Garbage Hotel... and would so love to see an army of trash people in person...

Dani G said...

reminds me of the line from the Dead's St. Stephen, "one man gathers what another man spills."

Thanks for sharing this, babe!

a new girl in vienna said...

love the trash people! i like the idea of the hotel... not sure i would stay there though....

le blÖg d'Ötli said...

Interesting concept and work! Thanks for the discovery!

Mama Gone Green said...

So cool! Every term I have my students do a project where they create something useful or some art from waste (something i their trash or recycling bin, found on the street, or headed to goodwill). They come up with some pretty creative things!

Mo Pie, Please said...

I don't know if I could stay there - but I'd be curious to check it out. How interesting! Have a great weekend!

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Croatian_Latina said...

that photo by the lake is impressive. an eye opener. interesting concept with the hotel, hmmm curious to see it, might consider staying there why not.

and I agree as consumers we need to do more.

Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl said...

Wow, this is so impresive!!! Where was I when they showed in Moscow? Ugh!

Kimia Kline said...

talk about commitment to ones art! i would totally stay at that hotel. sounds fascinating.

Metropolitan Mum said...

Amazing - although I don't think that I'd like to stay at a trash hotel. Though I have actually been staying at a few trashy ones... Anyway, how funny that you mention Xanten. I know this place more than I'd like to and it's dreadful. A pile of trash is just what was lacking...

Pearl said...

Now THAT'S a statement, about people, about art, about culture. Fantastic.

I would absolutely stay there.

Pearl

heather yalin said...

These are just amazing!! even if not in the best of ways!!! You always gather the coolest finds.

Signe said...

That is very fascinating.

And I saw a TV show about recycling trash in India just a few days ago and it left me baffled over how poor us Europeans and Americans are at recycling compared to them! They even recycle the plastic bags that the trash comes in!

Now the way they did it (with hand labor) was a completely different story but I still think it is embarrassing that we are so horrible at cleaning up our own mess - even compared to a huge country with few recourses like India!

And a happy Sunday to you Ren :)

Lovely World said...

This is inspiring and discouraging at the same time.

little t said...

I don't think I would stay at the Gargage hotel, but I would most definitely like to see it.

This is a cool blog you have here by the way!

Clair said...

Interesting commentary, but would I say in a hotel make of trash?
Well I would have to check out the inside and the amenities provided,
also I would have some questions, the main one being was the refuse cleaned before it was used? Just kidding- staying would be an adventure. I really like his message and his trash people are awesome.
Clair

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