Or…when rubbish is a social commentary
Mmm. Well. I mean. How clean? What more can be said? Strange, don’t you think, that some people who visit the countryside because of its beauty then rather spoil that beauty by leaving litter?
Of course, anyone who’s lived along the Breamish Valley for any length of time, will know only too well the problems caused by littering. It’s just not a new issue, is it? But just how difficult can it be to ‘Take your litter home’?
I was lucky enough to visit an art gallery in Paris a few years back to see an exhibition of so-called ‘found objects’. Strictly speaking, the objects that were variously and creatively displayed on boards, in drawers and on shelves, were not actually ‘found’. The artist had gathered them by rummaging in the rubbish bins of celebrities. By trawling through their discarded waste, the artist hoped to provide some kind of social commentary about celebrity lives.
So, can the rubbish that is left for us along the Breamish Valley provide any insights into the way 21st century users of the valley live their lives?