Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Put Down the Binky
Check out this piece of art! It was waiting for me outside the Capitol Plaza Hotel where I'm staying in Jefferson City, MO. Perfect for my binky song!
It's a giant pacifier sculpture made out of more than 30,000 cigarette butts and some wire. That's more than $6,000 worth of cigarettes (according to the placard). It's called "Adult Pacifier" and it's the creation of artist Christine A. Holtz and a dedicated team of student volunteers who scoured this town picking up discarded butts.
Holtz says she wanted to make a statement about the hazards of cigarette smoking, as well as the ecological damage caused by careless smokers. Many people think that the "cotton" filters on cigarettes are biodegradable. Not true. The filters are actually made of plastic fibers.
The pacifier sculpture will last about 15 years through weather because it takes approximately that long for a cigarette butt to decompose.
Many thanks to the great kids and teachers at St. George's Elementary in Linn, MO. I had a blast today.
Oh, and here's a photo of the Missouri state capitol.