The next time you get caught in a storm and your umbrella breaks, instead of trashing it, you might want to save it to make art. That’s what husband and wife architects Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi did: They made a dome out of discarded umbrellas and plastic bottles called Harvest Dome 2.0.
With help from local teenagers and architecture interns, they collected 450 discarded snapped umbrellas across New York City and 128 two-liter soda bottles to make the structure float. When they finished building it, the dome was displayed in New York City waters as a work of public art. Schachter and Levi made Harvest Dome 2.0 to raise awareness about waterborne debris that ends up in waterways and threatens fish and other forms of wildlife.
You can transform your own junk into something useful on Earth Day on Tuesday, April 22—or all year round! Subscribers, read more about environmental art in our Earth Day digital issue.
The diameter of the dome is 24 feet. What is the circumference of the dome?