ART OR TRASH?

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Before our dear art lover/reader gets upset by the title, don’t take offence, it’s a dilemma presented by artists who see beauty in what we might call “trash”. It’s quite interesting to see the different perspectives that exist and the ability for some to see an opportunity in waste.

Earthday.org says Africa’s trash is piling up, with nowhere to go. In South Africa alone, more than a million tons of plastic are thrown away every year, and Africa’s inadequate waste management and recycling infrastructure can’t handle the load. This is to say that there’s tones of trash in our markets, sidewalks, gutters, old building sites, fashion stores and very limiting options on recycling it.

Be it a search for new art pieces or an attempt to create something out of nothing, then the most odd of places such as trash might be a good place to start.


Here’s some lingo on sustainable art and design. Recycled art is usually recognised as the employment of garbage and found items in the process of making art. Junk art uses everyday, disposable items in new formats although the original item may not be changed. Up-cycling functions to promote an idea, pointing to an issue through the utilization of discarded and found items… and by this method, value is added to the final creation (ContemporaryAfricanArt.com)
Artwork by @artistide_Kouame_peintre using washed up flip flops for art


In a way it helps build your skills and push the boundaries of your creativity, and on the other hand you’re saving the planet. Perhaps with ARTTA Charity we can clean up and create.

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