Do Not Litter Vase

Do Not Litter Vase

1971
Designer
Tapio Wirkkala, Finnish, 1915-1985
Manufacturer
Rosenthal China Corporation
Work Locations: Bavaria, Germany
Active Dates: 1879-
Country
Germany
vase
Porcelain
Gift of the Collection of Carl Patterson
2015.512

Tapio Wirkkala, Do Not Litter Vase, 1971. Porcelain; 5 x 2 5/8 x 2 3/8 in. Manufactured by Rosenthal, Selb, Germany. Denver Art Museum: Gift of the Collection of Carl Patterson, 2015.512.

This object is currently on view
Dimensions
height: 5 in, 12.7000 cm; width: 2 5/8 in, 6.6675 cm; depth: 2 3/8 in, 6.0325 cm
Inscription
Marked: Do Not Litter 4746/74 Pacco Bello
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 by Carl Patterson to the Denver Art Museum.
Exhibition History
  • “Design Studio” — Denver Art Museum, 10/24/2021 – 12/31/2022