Imagination is more important than knowledge. - Albert Einstein

Pens were chosen for this project because they are a symbol of imagination.  Used writing instruments were collected in boxes around town at 13 locations.  Nearly 1,500 used pens and markers were collected for this project.  A thousand were de-inked, drilled and wired to make the tie.  The remaining pens were wired to 8" floppy disks by volunteers from the Casa de Esperanza to make the pattern of pen- striped pants.

Most people use pens to communicate ideas every day.  It is estimated that Socorro alone discards 8-12 thousand pens per month.

Last Updated: 7/25/01

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