Cateura, Paraguay is a town essentially built on top of a landfill. Garbage collectors browse the trash for sellable goods, and children are often at risk of getting involved with drugs and gangs. When orchestra director Szaran and music teacher Favio set up a music program for the kids of Cateura, they soon have more students than they have instruments. That changed when Szaran and Favio were brought something they had never seen before: a violin made out of garbage. Today, there’s an entire orchestra of assembled instruments, now called The Recycled Orchestra.
As Julie Green sipped her coffee and thumbed through the paper one morning in 1999, she stumbled upon an article that surprised her. It was a report outlining the final meal request by an inmate that had been executed the night before.
Bothered, Julie turned to her work to reflect, collecting these articles and eventually illustrating over 500 ceramic plates with final meals. She’ll continue painting plates until capital punishment is no longer.