Here in New York City, things are different. The State of New York has a recycling law for bags, which "requires large retail stores and shopping malls, as well as medium to large chain stores that sell products and provide plastic carryout bags to accept clean plastic bags for recycling, and to stock reusable bags for purchase, starting January 2009." Has the law made a dent? Hard to say. Reusable bags are certainly more popular and stores do stock them for purchase, but I have my doubts about the recycling part of the law.
Meanwhile, in Williamsburg...
I too, love New York. And I should follow Takeshi Miyakawa's example by showing it more, and spreading the attitude. But instead of glowing plastic bags in trees and on lamp posts, how about a little more awareness of plastic pollution in our city?
It doesn't seem that Miyakawa intended to make a statement about plastic pollution, public art, civil obedience/disobedience, terrorism and fear, but those are the issues that come up for me. How about you? I'm not much of an art critic- if you were to describe this installation, including the public aftermath, how would you describe it?