Song Dong 'Waste not' is a large tribute to Dong's mother who growing up in China's Mao period experienced a world of poverty and frugality where nothing was thrown out and goods at the end of their life were made into a new purpose.
It's a very relatable subject with anyone who lived through the World Wars and Great Depression and now a brave act to open his family to the world. After the passing of his father, his mother hoarded typical products to fill her domestic life, from stacks of soap to miscellaneous crockery and paper.
It's a very personal experience walking around the installation with Dong's whole life and world on show, literally. 10,000 domestic products are carefully categorised, organised and displayed. Even a section of the old family home has been rebuilt as the centrepiece. Its an eerie feeling walking through a strangers home let alone seeing it at its most humble.
It is the most extreme form of sustainability where goods are repurposed with a 2nd, 3rd, 45th life. It makes a comment about modern life where products and lifestyles are designed to be disposable, determining how useful they can be.