- Title: Artists create giant e-waste 'Mount Recyclemore' sculpture of G7 leaders
- Date: 9th June 2021
- Summary: HAYLE, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JUNE 9, 2021) (REUTERS) "MOUNT RECYCLEMORE" SCULPTURE MADE OF ELECTRONIC WASTE UK PRIME MINISTER, BORIS JOHNSON SCULPTURE GERMAN CHANCELLOR, ANGELA MERKEL SCULPTURE EYE OF JOE BIDEN SCULPTURE PHONES HANGING SCULPTURE / LEAD ARTISTS ON "MOUNT RECYCLEMORE", JOE RUSH AND ALEX WRECKAGE LOOKING AT WORK VARIOUS OF ARTISTS TALKING / SCULPTURES (SOUNDBITE) (English) LEAD ARTIST ON MOUNT RECYCLEMORE, JOE RUSH, SAYING: "What we've done here is we've depicted the seven main characters of the G7 conference with Boris Johnson on the left (ALEX WRECKAGE INTERJECTS, SAYING: "ON THE FAR LEFT") yeah, the far left yeah. And so, you know, basically it's to sort of say you've got to work together on this one, you've got to build it into the way we do things. That we can recycle things, that we can repair things and we don't just waste things.â€ (SOUNDBITE) (English) LEAD ARTIST ON MOUNT RECYCLEMORE, JOE RUSH, SAYING: "Joe and I have worked together for over 30 years making sculptures out of waste, scrap metal, things that people throw away, and this is just a perfect opportunity and it's a perfect place as well to just shove it in their face. You know, the world leaders need to get their act together, we all do. So that's pretty much why the G7, why not?â€ (MUTE) VARIOUS SLOW MOTION SHOTS OF WASTE WRECKAGE LOOKING AT WASTE (SOUNDBITE) (English) LEAD ARTIST ON MOUNT RECYCLEMORE, JOE RUSH, SAYING: "Well what I'd like them to do, the leaders at the G7 conference, is I'd like them all to talk to each other and work out a plan that isn't just shifting the problem from one county to another, you know, but actually is a plan that we all work on together which is how to deal with this waste and how to stop producing so much waste and how to recycle things and these... All these issues have got to be dealt with globally, they can't be dealt with nationally because that's where the problem is. So we need them (the leaders of the G7) all to get together like we've put them together here and deal with the problem.â€ SCULPTURE (SOUNDBITE) (English) CEO OF MUSIC MAGPIE, STEVE OLIVER, SAYING: "70% of the toxicity that goes into landfill comes from e-waste and actually--weâ€™re the U.K.â€™s biggest mobile phone recycler at music magpie--and actually people donâ€™t know, in that phone are some really precious metals, so there is gold, theres silver, there is platinum. But there is some really also very nasty ones, so there is lead and there is mercury and there's even arsenic.â€ VARIOUS OF MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC LOOKING AT DISPLAY MERKEL STATUE STATUE ARTISTS LOOKING AT SCULPTURE / GRASS
- Embargoed: 23rd June 2021 23:09
- Keywords: Boris Johnson G7 G7 leaders Joe Biden Joe Rush art cornwall e-waste environment protest sculpture summit
- Location: HAYLE, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- City: HAYLE, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Europe,G7,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001EGOJLMV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: As the leaders of the G7 begin to arrive at the South western tip of the UK on Wednesday (June 9), their likenesses have also appeared on the side of the Cornish coast in trash.
Artists Joe Rush and Alex Wreckage created the sculpture nicknamed "Mount Recyclemore" of the leaders of the G7 out of electronic waste to highlight the huge amount of tech and gadgets that goes unrecycled globally each year.
They are hoping the sculpture will encourage the seven heads of state to work together to tackle the issue internationally.
According to the U.N., the 53 million tonnes of electronic waste generated globally each year will more than double by 2050, making it the fastest growing waste stream in the world.
Most of the more than 20,000 waste items for the sculpture came from the company that commissioned the work, MusicMagpie, which runs an e-commerce website where people buy and sell second-hand electronic goods.
(Production: Natalie Thomas)
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