June 6, 2015-June 7, 2015, 12:00 amPosted by swc
Sure We Can Redemption Center and Invasive Pigments Garden by Ellie Irons
In New York City, there are people who manage to scrape together a meager living by collecting and redeeming discarded cans and bottles. Their work has come to be known as “canning.”
Sure We Can works to address the current hardships that come with canning, both for those who already use it as their means of survival and for those who would like to do so. To this end, we have founded NYC’s only non-profit redemption center. We not only redeem recyclable cans and bottles at our Brooklyn site, but we do so in a welcoming and community-building atmosphere.
For BOS, Sure We Can will be open to the public. Visitors can see the recycling process in action, see new developments in composting, and view a new garden project by artist Ellie Irons featuring the wild urban plants of Bushwick. The strong, hardy plants in Ellie’s garden are Bushwick Natives but hail from around the world, and many can be used to make pigment for watercolor paint.
Above: A painting on top of the Sure We Can redemption center in Bushwick, Brooklyn, June 7, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)
Below: Invasive Pigments Garden by Ellie Irons