So where do your old G.I. Joes and My Little Ponies go to die? Well, if L.A.-based architect Greg Lynn has anything to say about it, these cast-off toys would take center stage as the starting point for a new work of art. That’s the idea behind Lynn’s new show, “re-appropriate: thinking beyond appropriation,” which features furniture that’s made of recycled children’s toys. This is definitely creative expression that takes a page from the book of reduce-reuse-recycle, but the eco-friendly element is also a reflection of Lynn’s childhood. Lynn says his father worked for a corporation that produced blister packages. “Plastics were the future and I was surrounded by it,” he says. Now the father of two, Lynn says he uses his kids’ unused toys as “bricks” to create furniture and other objects. So if that old Big Wheel or collection of He-Man action figures is simply taking up space in your garage, you might want to drop Greg Lynn a call. That stuff might just be the makings of a future exhibition. And besides, it’d be a hell of a lot better than letting your local landfill turn into a Toys R Us graveyard.
“re-appropriate: thinking beyond appropriation” by Greg Lynn at the OBJCT Gallery, 536 W. 1st St., Claremont; (310) 492-5536; www.objct.com. Thurs-Sun, noon-6PM or by appt. Thru Feb. 27.