Street shoes

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What is the lifespan of a potentially repurposable object left on the street in your neighborhood/city/culture? Who is it that will eventually pick up such an item? Municipal/informal trash collector? Local resident? Random passerby?

Where does the discarded object go? Does it end up in the hands of a craftsperson associated with that object (a cobbler, in this case)? Will these shoes re-enter the economy in a repaired form, or will they be disassembled and divided – beads to one craftsperson, pleather straps to another, soles to a third?

Consider the lifespan of findable objects in your local context – the amount of time they spend being “findable”, the number of hands they (or their disparate components) pass through, the changes in value as they pass through each step of their journey to repurposing.

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