“The Vancouver artist, internationally renowned for sculptural installations made from found objects, has spent the past month in the Art Gallery of Alberta reconstructing a turtle shell made of trash bins. The 10 bins Jungen buys become building blocks, to be cut apart and drilled into to recreate Carapace.

The Edmonton show marks the third time Carapace has been built.

When Jungen was asked to create a new piece for a gallery in Pays de la Loire, France a couple of years ago, he was already famous for similarly repurposing everyday objects — including a set of Air Jordan sneakers, cut up to make native masks, and two whale bone skeletons made of deck chairs. The skeletons are showing in Edmonton alongside the Carapace shell.

“There were these bins everywhere,” Jungen says. They were almost identical to the ones in every metro Vancouver garage.

“On garbage day, you see hundreds and hundreds of these garbage bins, just filled with junk. It’s just so incredibly wasteful.”

Jungen’s third configuration in Edmonton combines the structural integrity of the first Carapace with the esthetics of the second.

“They’re made to be quite durable to begin with. They’re also available pretty much everywhere in the world, so they can be replaced.”’


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