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Creating Your Own "Cathedral of Junk"

Use "junk" to decorate your environment creatively.

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In Austin, Texas, there is a backyard art installation called the Cathedral of Junk. The name is pretty self explanatory. The artist took everyday objects such as class bottles and children's toys to create a beautiful structure.

I've always thought that this would be a great place for artists of any medium to brainstorm or work. Artists are surrounded by color, sunlight, and endless points of inspiration.

If possible, we should encourage young artists to create their own Cathedral of Junk to serve as a creative environment for them to work.

In this challenge, we want to create ideas with young people, not for them. Outline how you’re planning to involve young people or other end-users (parents, teachers, etc) in designing, iterating or testing your idea during the Ideas phase.

We need to work with parents and teachers to find private spaces for students to decorate and work in. We need to foster a child's creativity in decorating their environment - focus on creativity, and ignore the convention toward neatness.

How might you envision your idea spreading across geographies or cultures so that it inspires young people around the world to cultivate their creative confidence?

I think that this idea will lend itself well to geographies and cultures around the world. It doesn't matter how the environment is decorated, as long as it suits the creative needs of the artist.

What skills, input or guidance would you like to receive from the OpenIDEO community to help you build out or refine your idea further?

I'd like input from artists of any medium to share their preferences on their creative environments. I'd like input from parents and teachers the possibility of their children wildly decorating a space.

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This is also a great idea of making art of recycling. This idea is so creative and people need to use a lot imagination to transform the junk into art.

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