Where is the Trash Suit Now?

EnvironmentEnvironmental Racism / Intersectionality

In 2016 I spent one month living like the average American in New York City. But instead of throwing away the garbage I created, I wore every single piece of it.

The average American creates 4.5 pounds of trash per day. By the end of the month I was wearing 87 pounds of trash. Everywhere I went I was a walking example of what our lives would look like if we actually saw the results of our actions. Through this activism, millions of people realized there is no “away” and an unforgettable visual was ingrained into their minds to encourage them to rethink their daily actions.

Since then, the suit has traveled through out the country and internationally being used for activism both on the streets and as a window display.

The suit has found its new home at the Atlanta International Airport for all of 2020, where it is on display for travelers to come face to face with their trash. The suit was designed by Nancy Judd and is on display with more of her sculptures created from up-cycled materials that teach about environmental issues.

The Trash Man’s Suit stands next to The Suit of Invisible Settler Privilege which brings attention to the land theft by white settlers from the Indigenous people and the ways that privileged people still benefit from this exploitation and theft today.

If you happen to be in the Atlanta International Airport you can find the display in Concourse T between gates 14-17.

Thank you to Nancy Judd for her diligent work!

Click here to learn more about the display Nancy’s work and visit her website.

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