In Reyes’s words, “We should be able to extract the technological nutrients before we excrete our waste. There is a missing organ in our social metabolism which would work as a stomach or intestines. The Recyclone is a device made of plastic containers that fit into each other. (The plastic boxes are the equivalent to the ‘vellum,’ which are the tiny hairs that stick out from the intestinal wall to absorb nutrients).
Pedro Reyes draws on his training as an architect to engage with utopian aspirations and the ongoing legacy of modernism. Many of his works either allow large-scale public engagement or suggest a possible use: weapons turned to shovels, multi-level parks in old modernist buildings, and small spherical rooms. Like many past avant-garde thinkers, Reyes constructs the new forms of architecture necessary for new ways of life.