"Reinvention Garage" by Chris Combs

Reinvention Garage (the word garage is made of the word garbage with the letter b having fallen over)

In Reinvention Garage, meet artist Chris Combs and his showcase of once-obsolete household electronics from Arlington that have been reimagined as newly useful devices. Learn how beginner-friendly STEAM electronics can reduce our waste stream: we can reinvent our old televisions, tablets, and household gadgets into magic mirrors, internet radios, and nightlights—keeping them useful for years to come.

While visiting, you can meet the artist and get an artist-designed Risograph flyer with inspiration for reimagining your own E-waste. You can also trade in or donate unneeded cords, like HDMI or USB cables, with our free cord exchange.

Our community partner is The Shop, a Maker Space located in Central Library.
The Shop is where people and ideas connect. Did you know that they have 3D printers, a 3D scanner, a laser cutter and more? All free. Open Lab is a great time to work on personal or collaborative projects, get feedback or try something new. Meet Chris Combs at The Shop on specially programmed days.

SEE: Real household electronic devices from Arlington, once destined for the landfill or E-waste, reinvented as new useful everyday tools.
TAKE: A free, Risograph-printed flyer created by the artist that includes inspiration and sources for fun projects that reinvent unloved appliances.
TRADE: Donate or trade good electronic cords. Any excess cables will be responsibly recycled.
MEET: Artist Chris Combs, graduate of the Corcoran College of Art + Design
LEARN: How simple changes in electronics can make an obsolete object useful again and about our community partner, The Shop.

Learn more about the artist

Reinvention Garage runs June 1-July 22, 2023.

For the most updated information, including cancellations due to weather, follow us on Instagram @arttruckarlington

Front view of broken guitar amp3/4 view of broken guitar amp showing inset electronics on sideBack of guitar amp showing electronic enhancements
A broken guitar amp turned into an internet radio/Bluetooth speaker


  • Saturday, July 22, 2023 | 08:00 AM - 12:00 PM


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