Do Not Litter Vase

Do Not Litter Vase

1971
Designer
Tapio Wirkkala, Finnish, 1915-1985
Born: Finland
Manufacturer
Rosenthal China Corporation, German
Work Locations: Bavaria, Germany
Country
Germany
vase
Porcelain
Gift of the Collection of Carl Patterson
2015.513

Tapio Wirkkala (Finnish, 1915-1985), Do Not Litter Vase, 1971. Porcelain. Manufactured by Rosenthal China Corporation, Germany. Denver Art Museum Collection: Gift of the Collection of Carl Patterson, 2015.513.

This object is currently on view
Dimensions
height: 3 7/8 in, 9.8425 cm; diameter: 2 1/4 in, 5.7150 cm
Department
Architecture and Design
Collection
Architecture and Design

Tapio Wirkkala contributed to the modern environmentalist movement with his “Do Not Litter” series by taking single-use items, such as a crumpled paper bag, can, or milk carton, and molding them at full scale in porcelain. Colorado’s recycling rate today is only 17%, and about 95% of items thrown away in local landfills could have been recycled or composted.

Known Provenance
Gifted 2015 from Carl Patterson to the Denver Art Museum.
Exhibition History
  • “Design Studio” — Denver Art Museum, 10/24/2021 – 12/31/2022