The bench and trash container project was developed by The Pintos, a community based art group organized in Lisbon, Portugal. A video of this and other projects will be part of a Legion Arts/ CSPS exhibit: Strategies of Belonging, April 4-28th. The Pintos will be in Cedar Rapids to do community outreach through the Iowa Ceramics Center this July. For further information contact Ellen Kleckner at the Iowa Ceramics Center.
Jane Gilmor started this project locally as a continuation of that program. Shipping pallets are reconstructed into usable fixtures to enhance yards, parks, and street scapes instead of discarding them. There will be examples of completed benches on display at Firehouse at CSPS during the day at EcoFest. In addition, plans will be available for download in order to help people with DIY projects.