They seem to be anti-smoking, but I’m not so sure.
These artists use cigarette butts, the most horrible of all the litter types, to create works that either oppose smoking or call for proper butt disposal.
Chilean designer Alexandra Guerrero’s company Mantis makes yarn out of butt papers.*
At least, that seems to be their motivation — but is it really?
I just can’t believe environmentalism is really the driving force here. Something tells me every single one of these “anti-smoking” artists used to be a pack-a-day-er. And now they’ve found a roundabout way to get their fix. Who but a gum-munching, nail-biting ex-smoker would have the stomach to collect thousands of cigarette butts…
Unroll all those sooty, saliva-soaked papers…
And even, in some cases, pluck apart the reeking, poisonous fibers of the filters! All to make a… bunny?
Or Joe Camel’s head. Yeah, Joe Camel. Remember him?
Anti-smoking legislation may seem draconian sometimes, but I don’t think we’re punishing smokers enough. Not because they deserve it, but because they obviously crave it. We’re looking at the most drastic masochists the human race has ever produced.
*In this case it’s almost worth it, don’t you think? So darling! Love the colors! Yay, Mantis.