Painter Michael Kareken says that he gets surprisingly excited when photographing the subjects he eventually paints: piles of recycled material. Rock-Tenn recycling manager Tom Troskey says that “his enthusiasm to do it is like a little kid.” What does it mean to be enthusiastic like a little kid? What is something that excites you like nothing else? Also, how could Kareken’s art be used to bring people together? How is the concept of scale addressed in each piece? Some of the artists don’t directly address scale, but it is still present in their work.

Kareken’s fascination with recycled objects goes beyond just what the object looks like. He says, “Its stuff we use and toss away. It has a different beauty. It contains a history and a life.” Create a piece of art about the history and life of a recyclable object such as a cardboard box or a juice bottle.