Do Not Litter Vase

Do Not Litter Vase

Tapio Wirkkala, Finnish, 1915-1985
Born: Finland
Rosenthal China Corporation, German
Work Locations: Bavaria, Germany
Gift of the Collection of Carl Patterson

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, 2015.514.

This object is currently on view
height: 9 in, 22.8600 cm; width: 4 1/4 in, 10.7950 cm; depth: 3 in, 7.6200 cm
Architecture and Design
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

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