Urban tumbleweed

Urban Tumbleweed

A art object created as a statement for Next Nature. Next Nature is culturally emerged nature, it is the nature caused by human culture. That may sound like a contradiction, but really, it isn’t. Our technological world has become so intricate and uncontrollable that it has become a nature of its own. This means we have to re-investigate our notion of nature.

It seems that yesterdayʼs leaves are being replaced by todayʼs garbage in the streets. This garbage is turning into a natural feature of our environment; we become more familiar with a Coke can or McDonalds wrapping than with leaves falling of trees. This garbage, Urban garbage, is becoming our next nature. It is invading our streets like a modern tumbleweed, effectively creating a phenomenon known as Urban Tumbleweed.

Urban Tumbleweed

This Urban Tumbleweed creates a footprint of a city. To illustrate this footprint, Urban Tumbleweeds were constructed using genuine trash from the streets of both Düsseldorf and Eindhoven. Though the results appear similar, they offer a lot of detail when being observed from a closer perspective.

Urban Tumbleweed

What we really would like to experience is the difference between different continents instead of merely comparing cities. What would Hong Kongʼs Urban Tumbleweed look like compared to Africaʼs Tumbleweed?

By: Jan van der Asdonk, Guus Baggermans and Brian Garret Schuur