Chalk and plastic bottles collected by students and environmentally-aware adults were turned into a work of art, a pelican, sending its own messages for the necessity to protect the environment from plastic waste.
The initiative belongs to Art Studio, of Katerina Foukara and Artenty Lyseknov, who aim at helping students create works of art with the use of everyday waste materials.
Katerina Foukara told CNA that the pelican was created on Monday with chalk and plastic bottles, which had been collected days ago. The work pictures a pelican surrounded by plastic materials, with a six-pack holder around its neck. The aim is to show the extent of the damage that can be made, which can destroy the flora and fauna of the country. A hundred small plastic bottles and about a hundred large ones were collected over the course of a week to create the work of art.
Foukara said students and adults were involved in the project, creating a pelican with recyclable materials. All the materials, she added, would have ended up in landfills.
She noted that the students of Art Studio contributed to the project, as well as visitors and volunteers, whom Foukara warmly thanked.
Foukara also said that the participants began work at 0830 local time on Monday and finished at 1800. Intensive work, she added, lasted about four hours, but there were frequent breaks due to the heat.
Replying to questions, Foukara said the creation sends a message of environmental awareness, as well as a protest to the people, so that the citizens begin to realise that nature’s revenge will be harsh. She noted that similar works of art with recyclable materials had been made in the past, with an aim for the students to understand nature in a different way and free themselves from stress, while at the same time cultivating environmental consciousness.
Both Katerina Foukara and Artenty Lyseknov sent the message that all people should love their common home, otherwise there will not be a clean and beautiful place to live. They also said the problem of increased pollution by plastic should be acknowledged. The second step, they pointed out, was to educate and involve everyone in a discussion on the reuse of plastic.
The work of art was installed in Kato Paphos. Thanos Hotels provided the area on the seafront, and also contributed to the collection of recyclable materials, mainly plastic bottles.