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This new world has also brought a new type of garbage to the streets.
I live in New York, a city heavily affected by Covid-19. Because of it, I can only go out at restricted times, and only to do what is necessary.
The results of this often seem surreal as look down streets, once teeming with human activity, now appear like a ghost town. But even with this reduced traffic, I’ve noticed an increase in a new form of litter to include gloves and masks.
It’s truly sad to see, and given the potential contamination of this new world litter, it’s downright scary! Through the eyes of an artist like myself, try as I might I fail to see the beauty that accompanies the disregard for public safety that this New World litter suggests?
As a New Yorker, I want to raise awareness of this new litter as a potential threat to the health and well being of all New Yorkers. Rather than “just” more garbage on the streets, this “New World Trash” carries the threat of biological hazard! It’s everywhere! And, although it may appear beautiful in these pictures due to the diversity of colors and materials, even the most skillful artist can’t hide the hidden the potential threat that the New World Trash contaminating our streets, sidewalks, building entrances, subways, bike stands, parks, playgrounds, and culverts presents.
But with all of that comes a new opportunity. A chance to get back to the basics manners and common sense.
My invitation to you, to help everyone, is to think before you throw. Our world will thank you.
Let’s keep New York free of hazard.
Colombian who lived for 2o years in Brazil, returned to Colombia for another 3 years and currently lives in New York. His artistic inspiration comes from his childhood where he grew up with a Catholic family of artists with Spanish heritage. His grandfather used to make sculptures in clay and wood in accidentally disproportionate shapes, such as hands and feet. Meanwhile her grandmother devoted herself to painting on unconventional surfaces making collages with lace and fabrics. Both were always inspired by Baroque elements in their work, as well as churches, saints, and altars. The exploration of colors in harmony with tridimensional materials such as foams, acrylics, rubbers, wood, fabrics and leather provide an incredible look to the unusual. Constantly evolving and always bold, the artist Leo Macias, in his exhibitions, manages to provoke a discussion of what is presented by his theatrical perspective and occupy a space within contemporary art.