This device mimics the way products are used in our
culture. It is designed to take new batteries, remove
their useful energy, and dispose of them inappropriately.
Instead of waste and toxic pollution being byproducts
that we ignore, this device moves the negative effects to the fore.
The battery in the bottom
of the hopper is held in place by an electromagnet
that it alone powers. When the battery-powered magnet
can no longer hold it, the battery descends via a skijump-like
ramp to the status of litter.
The form derives from the letter 'y' which anticipates
and asks the question: "Why can't we design more
elegant systems for our energy needs and product cycles
than: 'use it up
and throw it on the ground?'"