Glass Evening Gown
Commissioned by the Glass Packaging Institute in 2002.
Approximately 12,000 pieces of crushed
glass from the City of Albuquerque Recycling Program were individually glued to
a 1930s style evening gown made from upholstery fabric remnants and a pair of
vintage shoes. The dress and shoes took 400 hours to create.
Using recycled glass to make new glass products requires 40 percent less energy because crushed glass melts at a lower temperature than the raw materials (sand, soda ash, and limestone) used to make glass. Recycled glass is made into new glass jars and bottles or into other glass products like fiberglass insulation. Many communities own glass crushers and use the crushed glass for municipal projects such as landscaping and back-fill. Recycling glass locally reduces the pollution and green-house gasses associated with transporting this heavy material.
Environmental Projection Agency
Nancy Judd (505) 577-9712
Dress and Detail Photos by Don Mar, Material Photo by Sandrine Hahn