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This site was cleaned

THIS SITE WAS CLEANED

Possibly not the most beautiful page for you to peruse, yet a necessary, vital and fundamental aspect to this time on earth. Humans, we are so damn messy.

Myself and a group of wonderful humans traipsed through the gravel, bricks and broken bits to collect human made detritus.

We chose not to collect broken building bits - our job would have escalated exponentially. Our vacant lots were a catchment area and rubbish dump for a myriad of bags, takeaway food wrappings, building materials, glass bottles, parking tickets ... the list is as long as the single use shit we continually choose to produce and use.

We filled 26 rubbish bags in a subtle gesture of love and care towards our shattered city. This simple act of cleaning, invested time and attention into a space most commonly referred to as “messy’, ‘abandoned’, ‘rubble-strewn’, ‘sad’ and ‘broken’.

Some of the loveliness that occurred were countless “thank-you’s” and “good jobs”, people offering help and one lovely lady purchasing us muffins from C1 cafe. I also heard a story from a friend that her father saw me collecting rubbish and thought I was doing community service - dressed in my drab green overalls I did look the part. Yet he thought I looked too happy to be performing such an act”. Happy I was. It really is special to give to your city.

 

MANCHESTER STREET • 19.7.2013

Finding these McDonalds wrappers, cig butts and V cans, it appears those that don’t look after their bodies, don’t look after their planet.
— Damian

CNR. MANCHESTER & ST.ASAPH STREET • 24.7.2017

 

CORNER OF HEREFORD & HUANUI LANE • 11.8.2013

CNR. MANCHESTER & TUAM STREETS • 16.7.2013