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Litter-Arti put trash to good use

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If you are one of those crafty people who like to grumble that there aren't enough art supplies available in Bermuda, have you tried looking in the trash?

The third annual trash art exhibition, Litter-Arti, opens at the Bermuda Society of Arts (BSOA) gallery at City Hall this month.

“It was such a huge hit last year we kept the exhibition up for an extra three weeks,” said BSOA Curator Lesley Rego. “The Litter-Arti show will focus on all litter and artists are encouraged to stretch their imaginations to address the concept of reusing and recycling discarded trash which endangers our fragile Island environment.”

Last year's show focused on trash found in the ocean. Environmentalists say the Atlantic has a garbage patch the size of Texas swirling in the middle of it.

“That is my pet peeve,” said Ms Rego. “I swim every day and see a lot of trash on the beaches. I am very concerned about it. Using it for art projects is one way to get rid of it.”

Some of last year's art projects included a jelly fish made from half a buoy and old ropes found at the beach. Somersfield Academy entered a Portuguese man o' war out of plastic bottles. There was also a sushi plate with a knife and fork and sushi made out of bits of plastic.

This year's trash art exhibition is free to enter and open to all, although there will be professional artists involved.

Organisers are hoping to show the award winning documentary ‘Trashed No Place for Waste' with Jeremy Irons as part of the exhibition. There will also be a Litter-Arti trash art workshop open to families, led by Anne Hyde, executive director of Keep Bermuda Beautiful (KBB). In the workshop participants will learn ways to use trash to make artistic creations. There will be some work with glue guns so children under the age of eight need an adult with them.

“We will supply a lot of the plastic trash,” said Ms Rego. “You can also bring your own bits and pieces, if you wish. We only ask that you make sure the pieces are clean and bleached and if you brought them from the beach that there is no animal matter in them. We don't want the gallery smelling of fish.”

Although people could make things out of wood or metal she imagined that the majority of the work would be made from plastic which is the most abundant type of trash.

“We just want to bring more awareness to the trash problem in the world,” said Ms Rego. “In Bermuda I feel we could start by stopping the use of one-use plastic bags and one-use water bottles. Everyone should have a refillable water bottle and use it. There are so many things we could do as a community.”

The workshop will be held on August 24 from 10am to 12pm at the BSOA at City Hall. The Litter-Arti show is on from August 30 to September 13. The show opening is August 30 and will include a Trashion Show featuring clothing made from trash made by local fashion designers. The entry deadline is August 28 before 4pm. Entry forms can be found on the BSOA website at www.bsoa.bm.

See www.kbb.bm to learn ways to help with Bermuda's trash problem.

Art materials: This file photo shows a common trash pile on a Bermuda beach. Trash like this could be the material for Bermuda's next major artistic masterpiece.
Ocean-going trash: Enormous trash piles known as gyres can be found circulating in all the major ocean. Shown here is a giant clump of ropes and other shipping debris.
Another use: Trashy clothes at last year?s Trashion fashion show. Designed by Deondre Cumberbatch
Unusual (right): Models in last year?s Trashion fashion show. Designed by Deondre Cumberbatch
Catwalk time: High fashion made from trash at last year?s Trashion fashion show. Designed by Deondre Cumberbatch

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Published August 21, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated August 21, 2013 at 10:15 am)

Litter-Arti put trash to good use

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