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OED Definition
Pronunciation: /ˈdɛbriː, ˈdeɪbriː/
Noun [mass noun]: scattered pieces of rubbish or remains; loose natural material consisting especially of broken pieces of rock
Origin: early 18th century: from French débris, from obsolete débriser ‘break down’

“Sweet Thames, run softly, till I end my song.
The river bears no empty bottles, sandwich papers,
Silk handkerchiefs, cardboard boxes, cigarette ends
Or other testimony of summer nights.”
T.S.Eliot – The Waste Land, Part III: The Fire Sermon (1922)

What happened after an explosion at a French cheese factory? All that was left was de brie.

Ron Silliman – Sunset Debris (2002)

Doug Aitken – Blow Debris (2000) 20:39

Anne Percoco – Life Instinct (2012) The centerpiece of the show was a scrappy yet intricate hut assembled from scavenged materials and textural handmade elements, which visitors could enter and sit inside. Other works included a series of projected photographs, a ‘zine of repaired objects, a pile of debris from the hut’s installation, and a thematic workshop series.

Xu Bing – Phoenix (2013) materials harvested from construction sites in urban China, including demolition debris, steel beams, tools, and remnants of the daily lives of migrant laborers

Mandy Barker – SOUP (2012) photography

Dennis Maher – Animate Lost/Found Matter (001-) (2010) demolition debris

Sarah Frost – Debris, Qwerty (2009)

Louise Gibson – ‘Worn out’ Debris series part 2 (2011) 140x6x134cm, Industrial resins combined with donated clothes from 60 shops and businesses in TollCross Edinburgh.

Maarten Vanden Eynde – Plastic Reef (2008-12). A collection of melted down plastic trash collected while swirling in the Pacific Ocean.

Gabriel Orozco - Astroturf Constellation (2012)

Gabriel Orozco – Astroturf Constellation (2012)

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