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Seeing junk differently

May 29th, 2013

Junk is just junk, right? Try telling that to Paraguayan music teacher Flavio Chavez. He’s the man behind the Melodias de la Basura, known in English as the Landfill Harmonic. He worked with a local craftsman to turn rubbish from the local tip into musical instruments: violins, guitars and flutes all made from things other people have thrown away.

A documentary is being made about the Landfill Harmonic, but it’s still in production. In the meantime, you can catch them on YouTube:

It’s the same thing, on a smaller scale, with local swapshops. People bring what they think is junk, only to find that other people can find a use for it.

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