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  1. loose material (as rock fragments or organic particles) that results directly from disintegrations
  2. a : a product of disintegration, destruction, or wearing away : debris

b : miscellaneous remnants : odds and ends <sifting through the detritus of his childhood — Michael Tomasky>


This word was being talked about in Graphic design principles 1/COMD 1100. In class we couldn’t really even pronounce the word let alone define it but now i know that we were aiming for he first definition that it basically means left over debris.

Urban Artifacts: Phase 1: Discover

My Discovery

The three artifacts I discovered are a nail, a soda can and a tree twig. The first artifact is a rusty nail. It is a long cylinder with a point at the end and a flat spare at the other end. It is very old, rusty, and solid. It is more geometric but can also be organic. I found this nail on the street near a construction site. It was probably dropped their by a construction worker.

The second artifact I found is a soda can. It has been stepped on and now it is flat. The soda can is organic, I see lines and curves. I found this can on the side walk. I imagine someone drinking out of the can and when the soda finished, they just dropped it on the street, then walked away.

The third artifact I found is a tree twig. The twig is organic since it was created by nature. I can see a lot of lines and curves. I found this twig on the side walk also, I imagine it fell from a tree and was left on the ground.

All these artifacts are completely different. The nail, soda can, and twig all have different properties such as shapes and forms. They are all created and made by something different. They all serves a different purpose.

Sketches: Each one consisted of approximately 5-10 minutes each/ an hour overall.