A cello made from an oil can? A violin made from a metal can and a wooden spoon? A drumhead from an X-ray film? Yes! All instruments made from trash found in Cateura, Paraguay, a small town south of Asuncion, the country’s capital. A main source of income in Cateura is looking for items to sell by sifting through the trash that forms the enormous landfill upon which Catuera is built.
An environmental engineer and musician Favio Chavez came to the landfill as an engineer and instead, he and resident Nicolas Gomez created musical instruments from trash. Then Chavez taught students to be musicians, whose music changed their lives.
The DVD, landfillharmonic, tells their incredible story and is available at the Lopez Library. Check it out!