Furniture design graduate Tony Nguyen created The Grenade Project in his last senior course at the Savannah College of Art & Design. Inspired by the "paradox relationship of construction-destruction," Nguyen wanted to create something that would decompose and leave a beneficial footprint.
His grenades are made of biodegradeable paper, acting as a vessel for soil and wildflower seeds. "Instead of a grenade leaving a detrimental impact, it explodes with life and longevity," Nguyen said. He used recycled newsprint as material for the grenade form, filling it with soil made from organic compost and wildflower seeds native to 48 states.
Nguyen's work is part of an exhibition that opened May 30 at The Jepson Center for the Arts, Savannah, Ga.