Why did I investigate into plastic when the original work by Dorothea Prühl is made from wood and called ‘Tiere’ (animals). What seems to be contradictory is based on me growing up in the controversy time of abundance of plastic toys and my parents’ love and concern for nature.
We love to hate plastic and blame one of the properties, durability to be a major threat to our environment.
After looking at my ‘petting zoo’ I wondered why all those materials made their way into my home? Surprisingly beside the facts of colour, affordability, time and time again I came back to time.
The most obvious reason was, to think it is the affordability of the material. But what makes it affordable? It’s the productions time. Looking at the most ‘hated’ plastic family descendent, the simple plastic bag. What could be an alternative? Maybe silk, as this is a weightless and strong fibre, durable, dyeable. But how much time would it take to gain the fibre and produce a comparable bag. – Idea Discarded!
So there it is: Time is Money
While it sounds like a post-modern capitalistic axiom, the quote actually originates with Benjamin Franklin.
So here is the question that arose during the research process: What if we pause and watch the sand running through our hands again? Feel time – have time – enjoy time
In relation to this I remembered a wonderful book I read as a child
Momo, also known as The Grey Gentlemen or The Men in Grey, is a fantasy novel by Michael Ende, published in 1973. It is about the concept of time and how it is used by humans in modern societies. The full title in German (Momo oder Die seltsame Geschichte von den Zeit-Dieben und von dem Kind, das den Menschen die gestohlene Zeit zurückbrachte) translates to Momo, or the strange story of the time-thieves and the child who brought the stolen time back to the people. The book won the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis in 1974.
What would happen to our lifestyles if we would slow down and make time for time?