The '60s marked the Golden Age of disposable coffee cups, characterized by four significant developments: the introduction of foam cups, the iconic Anthora cup, the tearable lid, and the widespread adoption by convenience chain 7-Eleven. In 1964, 7-Eleven became the pioneering chain to offer freshly brewed coffee in portable cups, starting on Long Island, N.Y. The success led to the rapid expansion of to-go coffee across the America.

Used once and tossed away, all manner of convenience driven items such as coffee cups, bottled water, sandwich cartons start their life in all habitats and locations from the remotest outpost of human settlements to the urban sprawls of major cities. This jettisoned trash falls from the human hand and mouth to the ground, it settles for a while then begins one of many journeys, sometimes a long and protracted one that may mean traveling many hundreds and sometimes thousands of miles. From the cafes and streets, to the sewer, to the river and out to sea, sometime ingested by marine life and sea birds or else to come to rest on some remote atoll in the middle of the pacific. - Andy Hughes © 2011

Once Andy Hughes

Location: Jekyll Island, Georgia, USA, 2011
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Jekyll Island is located off the coast of the U.S. state of Georgia, in Glynn County. It is one of the Sea Islands and one of the Golden Isles of Georgia barrier islands. The island measures 7 miles (11 km) long by 1.5 miles (2.4 km) wide, it has 8 miles (13 km) of wide, flat beaches on its east shore with packed hard sand.

Cup Tate Gallery

Location: Tate Gallery, Bankside, London 2014
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Once  New York

Location: W 34th Street, New York, 2011
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New York Andy Hughes

Location: New York, 2010
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He imagined he was watching the construction of the Great Pyramid at Giza – only this was 25 times bigger, with tanker trucks spraying water on the approach roads... The towers of the World Trade Centre were visible in the distance and he sensed a poetic balance between that idea and this one. …. He looked at that soaring garbage and knew for the first time what his job was all about. He dealt in human behaviour, people’s habits and impulses, their uncontrollable needs and innocent wishes, maybe their passions, certainly their excesses and indulgences …

Extract from Underworld by Don DeLillo, 1997.

Florida Andy Hughes

Location: Daytona Beach, 2011
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