Durango has a long history of mining, from coal and uranium to exploration by the oil and gas industries. With this history comes a lot of interesting waste- tubes, gears, housings, diffusers, matrix cans, covers, headers, sinks, counters and galley equipment -you name it, it’s sitting in a scrap yard somewhere in southwestern Colorado.
Scrap metal yards: a record of history to some, a blemish on the landscape to many, but to the designer filled with imaginings of reclaimed and repurposed materials- this place is heaven on earth.
Walker Christensen must have inadvertently wandered into one of these scrap yards while designing installations for Three Springs, a new development in southwestern Colorado. The bike racks and a light column were constructed from reclaimed steel salvaged from a local scrap yard-west of Farmington, New Mexico.
As designers we have the unique opportunity to ask some important questions. Can we use what we already have? Do we have to develop this green site or can we revitalize existing developments?
The next time you need benches for a new park, don’t pick up a catalog, pick up a pencil.
Close your eyes and take a deep breath.
Now REALLY imagine what you could do…
You are a designer! The sky is the limit.
Okay-not even the SKY is the limit!
And once you have designed something so uniquely gorgeous it makes you blush… make it real.