Greentopia Artist Preaches Re-Creation

Jul 13, 2012

Reduce, reuse, recycle and recreate: one local artist’s plan to teach Rochesterians about the importance of being eco-friendly.

"This is the piece of steel that I salvaged from midtown mall it's about a 5 foot tall piece," says Scott Grove.

Grove is a local artist and author has been creating works of art using recycled materials since he was 16 years old.

"I grew up in the Hudson river in Westchester County an hour north of New York City and I used to go down to the Hudson river and make art of salvaged material that would wash on shore, and bring them down to a local gallery and sell them,” he says.

Pieces of Grove’s recycled artwork spanning 36 years are on display now at The Arts and Cultural Council of Greater Rochester.

The show includes pieces recovered from Midtown Mall, the old Bausch and Lomb glass plant, and even a lion’s head from the Powers Building.

Grove says there’s a two-part message in his recycle series about the importance of being eco-friendly for future generations and about finding beauty beyond the surface.

Several of Grove’s pieces will be on display during the 2012 Greentopia Festival this fall.