Drive-In Theatre Built from Junked Cars and Salvage Parts
Drive-in movie theaters and landfills. One is almost exclusively American and the other is a universal issue. As the population of the world continues to swell we’re finding fewer and fewer “safe” locations to dump our waste, while at the same time it’s becoming more difficult to find a working drive-in theater. These two problems typically wouldn’t seem to correlate in the least, but when you’re an artist with a vision, you can make even the most disparate things come together.
Brooklyn-based artists Jeff Stark and Todd Chandler have created Empire Drive-In, which is one-third art project, one-third functional drive-in, and one-third public service announcement. Currently sitting in the New York Hall of Science, Empire Drive-In is showing movies on a giant wooden screen that was recycled. No need to bring your own car though because Stark and Chandler have already fitted the theater with broken down old cars that are waiting to be sat in (or on, depending on your feeling).
The artistic duo has done this sort of project before in the U.K., and their aim isn’t just to make the drive-in a creepy post-apocalyptic experience. In fact, the installation was created to avoid the post-apocalyptic landscape that Stark and Chandler think we’re heading in if our habits as consumers and waste-creators don’t change. Beyond the obvious solution of taking waste to be recycled at a plant, Stark and Chandler are also pushing for people to re-use their old products in new, unique ways. I’m aware that not everyone can sit around all day thinking of ways to utilize that old tree house, but breaking it down from its original state to make it useful for nearly anything is typically better than letting it rot and take up space in a landfill.
Check out the video and hear the full message from the artists.