Do Not Litter Vase
- Tapio Wirkkala, Finnish, 1915-1985
- Rosenthal China Corporation
- Work Locations: Bavaria, Germany
- Active Dates: 1879-
Credit LineGift of the Collection of Carl Patterson
Tapio Wirkkala, Do Not Litter Vase, 1971. Porcelain; 3 7/8 x 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 in. Manufactured by Rosenthal, Selb, Germany. Denver Art Museum: Gift of the Collection of Carl Patterson, 2015.513.
Dimensionsheight: 3 7/8 in, 9.8425 cm; diameter: 2 1/4 in, 5.7150 cm
DepartmentArchitecture and Design
CollectionArchitecture and Design
This object is currently on view
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 ProvenanceGifted 2015 by Carl Patterson to the Denver Art Museum.
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