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Catherine Winter-Hébert

This Collaborative Art Installation Proves that Rubbish Can Be a Resource for Beauty

“Art changes people and people change the world”. This idea was put forth by British artist Char Evans of Eco Art Installations, and her new collaborative art installation in Auroville, India, is proof of the truth within those words. Comprised of a giant bamboo geodesic dome, a mandala of dancing children, and several site-specific pieces, the art was created with a combination of discarded materials (tires, shoes, telephones, clocks, and cans) and natural items such as flowers, leaves, shells, and spices.

The idea behind the art was to bring awareness to recycling issues and waste management; to remind companies worldwide about the waste they create, and what can be done with that which has been discarded—that rubbish can be a resource for beauty. Over 100 people contributed to the installation, including local villagers, artisans, and international artists. Since the installation is ephemeral in nature, videos were made to document and preserve it forever, with music provided by Moby and Zilverzurf.

Ms. Evans hopes to have a similar exhibition in the Amazon Rainforest next year.

The installation was created at the Bamboo centre in Auroville, India and was the result of the creative collaboration of over 100 people, involving local and international artists and the local community, over a period of around three months. Balasundaram Ponnusamy and the Kolam Artists of the Bamboo Centre, Mohanam Cultural Centre, Yatra Srinivassan of Yatra Multimedia, Catherine Starostenko, Gaia Harvey Jackson of StampCollective and Joe Iredale of HalfCut, Reda Radi, Cosmo Brahman, AuroTejas Hemsell and her dance troupe, Einat Ran, Kwizera Samuel, Gosha Bury, Axel Carlstrand, Sri Kolari, Romain Timmers, Madhu Jayamoorthi, Balazs Virag, Balazs Budai, Lili Almassy, Osiva of Yatra Arts Foundation, Prakash Sathiyatharan, Gorka Salas, Marutham Cultural Centre, Kottakarai Cultural Centre and Mala Dev of New Creation were some of the artists and organisations involved.

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