Full-scale Bulldozer made from recycled Olympics Games materials

Art Press Release from Australia. Published by Rebecca Gabrielle Cannon on Monday 11 October 2010.

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Art Team K?bberling & Kaltwasser have created a full-scale, replica bulldozer made from leftover Olympics Games building materials.

The bulldozer has been installed in a public space in Vancouver, facing an area that will soon be redeveloped.

Folke K?bberling & Martin Kaltwasser spent 9 weeks creating the sculpture from 1,000 wheat board panels liberated from the neighbouring 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Athletes’ Village.

Typically used as a substrate for interior finishings, the wheat board, a new, ‘environmentally friendly’ material composed of 94% wheat and 6% neutral binder, has been elevated to assume a structural role in the depiction of a machine usually associated with fast and drastic change. Exposed to weather, soil, and the passing of time, the wheat board construction will give way to a process of gradual decomposition, its form providing fodder for new growth. Transitioning slowly from sculpture to plant nursery, the project’s bounty will be offered for transplanting throughout the future development. Subject to economic, biological and social forces, The Games are Open excites the public imaginary, offering up new possibilities and alternative uses.

Presented by Other Sights for Artists’ Projects. The Games are Open is curated by Barbara Cole and is the second project of When the Hosts Come Home, a series of artists’ works that address issues of sustainability in the development of South East False Creek.