This was the original idea of Bryan Parks, an American who lived in China for several years. Bryan made a steady habit of eating with chopsticks while there. One day during lunch, Bryan rather nonchalantly asked his lunch partner how many chopsticks did he imagine were used per year considering China’s population size. Research showed that literally billions of single-use chopsticks were consumed annually.
This question would prove to be the catalyst for Parks to make an innovative coupling of art and repurposing.