The artist traced her giant baby doll concept back to when she cleared out her 10-year-old son's room of toys he no longer touched.
"I had just been stashing things in his room," Joyce Dallal said, describing the size of her now 13-year-old son's past playtime footprint on the environment. "I was just amazed at the amount of stuff I pulled out of his room. It filled several garbage bags."
Dallal soon discovered that it wasn't so easy to get rid of the boy's unwanted toys. She tried to give them away to neighbors and the local Goodwill, but they wouldn't take them.
The experience got her thinking.
Dallal, who's based in Culver City, eventually conceived the idea for "Receptacle." To make it, she erected a 10-foot tall sculpture of a baby — made of wire meshing used to make trash cans — then nourished it by "feeding" it discarded toys, objects constructed out of plastics and other not-so-environmentally-friendly materials.