Milky's Town Square
Material Innovation ⋅ Installation ⋅ Design
As Canadians, we are one of the largest coffee drinking nations in the world, which contributes to the estimated 500,000 tons of waste coffee grounds created globally each year.
Milky’s Town Square was conceived as a solution to way-finding and social distancing during the pandemic, while finding a unique way to utilize some of the waste grounds from the shop.
Designed and created with partner Nicole Charles, the concept is our imagined Milky’s “town square”, where the town is powered by coffee instead of electricity/water. The circles on the the base are a view into the coffee power source underneath the town, which lead up to a coffee fountain in the centre of the square. The top of the sculpture and structures are cast out of mixture of:
- 30% used coffee grounds from the shop
- 10% local construction debris (100 year old brick)
- Gypsum cement
The shapes are subtle indications for your eye to follow up and around to the right for way-finding, while complimenting shapes that already exist in Milky’s. The town square is a playground for the ceramic creatures that Milky’s sells, made by Toinz based in South Korea.
Used Coffee Grounds🟢
100 year old bricks from construction waste 🟢
Offcut insulation board 🟢
Used coffee cups 🟢
Wood pieces 🟢♻️
Acrylic Plexiglass offcuts 🟢♻️
FSC Certified Wood
🟢= Diverted from landfill
♻️= Reused from previous projects
VIDEO CREDITS: Filming, Sound effects: Justin Pape, Nicole Charles | Editing, Music: Justin Pape