Hotel Of Trash Built With 12,000 Tons Of Garbage - Outside The Vatican
If you were imagining what the Pope was doing on June 5, 2010, he might have passed by, or seen from one of his many Vatican windows, the world's first hotel made entirely of garbage - 12 tons of it, picked up from European beaches in just a few days. It was the Save The Beach Hotel designed by German artist HA Schult and it was built to emphasize World Environment Day.
See the Vatican to the right of the hotel?
A five-room hotel, the Save The Beach does have a rudimentary wooden frame...
But the rest of it is pure, unadulterated garbage, 12 tons all gathered from European beaches in a matter of days. It wasn't just your average garbage like paper, food leftovers, cans and bottles. There were tires, shoes, guitars, cameras, and various other objects, some of indeterminable function, all over those beaches. Here's a glimpse of the 'rubbish' as seen by BBC World News reporter Duncan Kennedy.
Save The Beach is an international environmental campaign to bring public attention to the disaster that man makes of his environment. It is being sponsored by Corona, the Mexican beer company. It also sponsors a contest in which anyone can enter photos or a video of the beach he'd like to save. Then you are entered in a drawing for a free trip to Cancun. (Deadline is coming up, so enter soon.)
To launch the campaign, the top Danish model Helena Christensen, 'christened' the hotel, and we hear she actually stayed in it one night.
The five-bedroom Save The Beach Hotel is now on tour. If it comes to your area, be sure to see it, although it will probably never have the impact it has in Rome.