Photos, Prints, Drawings Drill bit used in mining, reused as a fence post at a home in Friendly View, West Virginia
Photos, Prints, Drawings
Eiler, Lyntha Scott
- Drill bit used in mining, reused as a fence post at a home in Friendly View, West Virginia
- Contributor Names
- Eiler, Lyntha Scott (Photographer)
- Created / Published
- Subject Headings
- - Fall
- - October
- - Mine machinery
- - Recycling
- - Ethnography
- - Photographs
- - West Virginia -- Raleigh County -- Friendly View
- - "Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without" is one of those sayings often associated with the practice of recycling. But there is also an aesthetic dimension to recycling, sometimes referred to as "mimetic excess" (Stewart, Taussig). Here recycling is not just "making do," it is the practice of making ordinary things exceed themselves. Creatively redeployed, elements of one order may outgrow their original functions and become transformed to serve other purposes, in ways that are both functional and entertaining, and that serve up history and local identity as well. Mining bits can become fence posts, roof bolts can become tomato stakes, camper tops can shelter potatoes through the winter, a stop sign can patch a rusted wheelbarrow, and engine blocks can become floor supports for a new home.
- 35 mm Color Slide
- Call Number
- AFC 1999/008: CRF-LE-C028-17
- Source Collection
- Coal River Folklife Collection (AFC 1999/008)
- American Folklife Center
- Digital Id
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