Canoe Made Of 7,382 Chopsticks

 - Apr 7, 2008   Updated: Apr 6 2011
References: pinktentacle
Shuhei Ogawara, a city-hall employee, has made a 13-foot canoe from thousands of disposable chopsticks that he collected from the city hall cafeteria. He was disturbed that perfectly good wood was being thrown away - so, he spent two years constructing this 66 pound boat out of 7,382 chopsticks. A launching ceremony is planned for May at nearby Lake Inawashiro.

Implications - The rise of environmentalism has caused consumers all over the world to take a closer look at the waste we produce in today's throwaway culture. By creating functional sculptures from recycled and reclaimed materials, artists can make a social statement and save items from clogging up local landfills.