TRASH TO TREASURE; PEACE FROM CHAOS: EXPLORATION OF RECYCLED MATERIALS IN CONTEMPORARY ART PRODUCTION by Jimoh, Ganiyu Akinloye
One of the concerns of the environmental scientists is the management of waste products. Although Environmental consciousness has been strengthened in the past few years in Nigeria, plastic, either in the form of bottles, bags or other types of packaging are still not being disposed responsibly. Plastic is not biodegradable and as such posits a great deal of concern for environmentalists. According to BIO intelligence Service report, 80% of water bottles still end up in the landfill. This is not only bad for the earth but also for humans.
This project intends to explore the use of unconventional materials in producing art forms that are not only visually appealing but environmentally friendly. It focuses on the recycling of such materials as a means of addressing such societal problems.
This project incorporates 260 recycled plastic water bottles and 210 water bags in constructing a three dimensional sculpture titled ‘…let there be peace’. The emphasis on the use of discarded materials suggestive of (chaos) in producing objects of economic, political, historical and cultural importance, signifies the transformative processes involved from converting Trash to Treasure. Further extensions of this idea express peace derived from a chaotic situation of dumping thrash in our waterways and lands.
The project redirects attention to a new way of exploring discarded materials in art production. This will not only generate more revenue as these materials are readily available and accessible, it will also alleviate the environment of waste toxins that follows improper disposal of wastes.