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Academy Students Create Artwork Reflecting Excesses of Junk Mail

Astonishing and resourcefully constructed biodegradable sculptures made of mailbox castoffs will provide a powerful call to action to the shocking fact 100 million trees are expired for junk mail in the United States every year.  Academy of Art University students’ show JUNK MAIL: FROM DEBRIS TO DESIGN features a cross-section of environmentally conscious works, ranging from sculpture to dozens of fashion designs. 

The show opens on Thursday, February 14th, with a press conference at 11 a.m. at 79 Gallery, 79 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105.  Dr. Elisa Stephens, President of the Academy of Art University, and Jared Blumenfeld, Director of the San Francisco Department of the Environment will open the Fourth Annual BayROC Stop Junk Mail Campaign. 

MFA Sculpture students Ruben Guzman, Jon Falkenberg, Adam Reeder, Lucia Hye Yoon Joo, and Brett Mastaler approached junk mail as a symbol of overindulgence and conceived Crush, a larger-than-life portrait of an individual who has the power to stop receiving his share of ineffective and unsolicited mail. 

BFA Sculpture students Zachary Roberts, Rex Waters, and Pakayla Biehn propose creative, earth-conscious solutions with The Mailbox Monster.  A dynamic contrast prevails between the inventive, organic form of the monster and the geometric format of the mailbox: an artistic invitation for viewers to “think outside of the box.” 

Associate Director of Fine Art Sculpture Margaret Keelan shares, “These students are committed to changes for positive growth within their community, bringing their own spirit of humor and invention to a project with possible far-reaching environmental impact, above and beyond the existent requirements of their coursework.”
The Academy has been an enthusiastic leader in San Francisco’s commitment to the environment and sustainability, since it was one of the founding downtown institutions to visibly support Mayor Newsom’s call to reduce energy consumption.  

SF Environment, an active member of Bay ROC,  a collaboration between staff representing over 40 San Francisco Bay Area  cities, counties and other public agencies working  together on waste reduction and buy-recycled concepts. Their website offers “how to” tips for reducing junk mail.   


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