Woman builds 5ft tower from unwanted junk mail

  1. Last updated at 22:10pm on 13th October 2007

    An artist from Newcastle has created an unusual exhibit in her garden out of her unwanted junk mail.

    Anne Cohen, 54, from Fenham, has been placing all the junk mail delivered to her by hand - but not by postal service - on a metal spike outside her front door. Started on January 1, the artwork is now more than 5ft tall.

    Mother-of-four Mrs Cohen said she came up with the idea to get people talking about the volume of junk mail delivered in her neighbourhood.
    "We just get so much junk mail. We're totally inundated," she said. "There are lots of students around here so we get masses of takeaway leaflets in particular."
    "I'm using art as a tool to start a debate. I just want to show things up and people can come to their own conclusions."
    Mrs Cohen, who will continue adding to the pile until the end of December, puts a stopper on top of the spike to prevent other people adding material, because she wants to find out just how much junk mail one household receives in a year.
    She said: "I've had lots of comments from people who think it's a good idea. People find it unbelievable how much junk mail there is. There are 200 houses in our street. Can you imagine 200 times this amount of paper?"
    Mrs Cohen graduated in design and public art from the Chelsea College of Art & Design and then took an MA at Sunderland University in art and the environment.
    She said that once the piece is finished she hopes to spray and preserve it so that it can go on display in a gallery. "I just like putting my point across and making people think," she added.

  2. junk mail is a disgrace - when will companies learn leaflets are aNNOYING - I just throw them out as soon as they are posted.
  3. Ummm its the same height as me:rolleyes:

    :back2topic:.. that is really bad.
    My neighbourhood don't get any junkmail, but my sister does. Can't you do something about it?

  4. We get a lot of junk mail where l live too - l just throw it out into the recycling bin
  5. ^ yeah, me too.
  6. That definitely makes a statement. I get a lot of junk mail too. I don't even bother looking at anything. It goes straight to the recycling bin.
  7. Damn, she beat me to it!! Oh well.. time to start taking the trash out.
  8. I tend to leave the junkmail in the outgoing mail box :graucho:
  9. In Denmark you can put a sign "no junk mail/adverts".....you might interested in bargain hunting...otherwise it´s pollution, waste of paper and money.
    I love her idea, brilliant !!! BTW how does she pile them ? just glue ?
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