Artist Creates a Block by Block Map of Brooklyn Using Trash Found in the Streets
Artist Jennifer Maravillas is collecting trash and torn-out pieces of paper from every single block in Brooklyn to create a 10 x 10 foot map. The project called "71 Square Miles", takes its name from the vast size of the borough and focuses on the vernacular, emotions, colors, organizations, and establishments of the pieces found or acquired. But why use garbage to map Brooklyn? "Because of how dirty it is," she says, "Because of how much garbage is available, and how it shows the culture of the neighborhood."