Londoner's have three free newspapers foisted on them every day in the streets. This adds up to a lot of waste and a lot of people are getting pretty upset by it. As a response to this litter, and as a political statement about "making something high-quality out of something that has no value", Sumer Erek has created a five metre high Newspaper House out of all the discarded free papers around. The house has been "built" in a London square. Along with numerous volunteers, he has been constructing it out of donated papers for the past five days. Using almost 150,000 discarded free papers carefully packed inside a wooden frame for the construction, people were encouraged to write their own thoughts and wishes on the paper before it was rolled into "logs".
Saturday was the big opening of the almost finished house. A grey drizzle descended on the hundred or so spectators and volunteers (decked out in paper hats) who came to watch the tarpaulin be removed, and the house exposed in all its glory. Sumer Erek paid tribute to all of the (mainly) women volunteers and noted how appropriate this was, since it was International Women's Day. To great applause and cheers the wonderful neat and tidy little house was revealed and we were welcomed to walk through it.
As seen from the photos, the house was meticulously constructed. Each rolled up tube of paper "log", made with a specially invented paper rolling machine, was perfectly lined up.
The windows were an engineer's dream in their detailing.
The floor, probably ironically, was made out of the pink sheets of the Financial Times.
The house is an ongoing art installation. It will disappear after the weekend and be re-installed in another community. Presumably more volunteers will be welcomed to participate in the ongoing work of finishing the house and educating the public about waste in our society. :: The Newspaper House