A collaboration between the City of West Hollywood and Fountain Day School, “Through the Eyes of a Child” was designed and assembled by renowned eco-artist Tom Deininger. The relief is comprised of 100 % recycled materials – collected by children attending Fountain Day School – and salvaged from local landfills. This project was installed in April 2011 and de-installed on January 3, 2013.
From a distance, the piece shows the eyes of a toddler gazing upward, as if to a parent, or the future. A closer look reveals an intricate web of tossed toys and familiar objects that make up the image as a whole: dolls, baby strollers, pool toys, plastic trucks, bottle caps, garden hose, and detritus from everyday life.
Tom Deininger is a dedicated environmentalist who educates others about consumer wastefulness and resource overuse through his art. His award-winning installations incorporate trashed plastics, reclaimed wood, broken toys, furniture, and factory overruns – generally unrecyclable waste otherwise destined for city dumps. His work was recently commissioned by the Smithsonian Institution. This project is curated by Lonnie Lardner with Creative Voltage, Los Angeles.
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- View photos of the recent installation dedication.
Art on the Outsideis a program of the City of West Hollywood’s Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission that brings art into the public realm to enhance the City’s lively pedestrian-friendly culture.