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A Reservation for the Current Occupant(s)

Kris Engel's avatar Kris Engel

Junk mail. We all get it, we all throw it away, we all feel bad that something so wasteful continues to plague us in the digital age. Junk mail isn’t going anywhere fast, so several years ago, I decided to repurpose this nuisance. I stopped throwing away my junk mail and started rolling it up into building material. I even began to ask friends to give me theirs instead of throwing it away. I first created a lamp and a coffee table—a “table of periodicals” as I called it. I found the process addicting, so I moved on to an even bigger project: a full-size dining table made only of junk mail and glue. After a few years and 3,000+ hours spent, I have a finished product that is truly upcycled. I hope you will find I have turned something useless and ugly into something useful and beautiful.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 58 inches
  • Medium: Junk Mail
  • Width: 40.5 inches
  • Year created: 2021
  • Height: 31 inches