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Mount Rushmore Gets An Eco Twist With World Leaders Sculpted From E-Waste
By Alexa Heah, 11 Jun 2021
Image via musicMagpie
This week, some of the world’s most powerful leaders are meeting up in St Ives, Cornwall, for the annual G7 summit. And in order to send a message that’ll be seen across the world, retailer musicMagpie commissioned Mount Recyclemore – a sculpture inspired by the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota.
According to The Art Newspaper, the sculpture, made with 12 tons of electronic waste, is located on Sandy Acres in Cornwall, facing the G7 summit.
Its goal is to bring awareness to the damage caused by electronic waste, as the world’s leaders prepare to discuss matters pertaining to climate change and a greener future.
Mount Recyclemore depicts the faces of the seven leaders present at the summit: US President Joe Biden, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, French President Emmanuel Macron, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
One of the sculptor’s creators, Joe Rush, told the BBC, “We have this looking at them and hopefully we’re going to prick their conscience and make them realize they’re all together in this waste business.”
In addition to the sculpture, £1 (US$1.40) for every consumer tech item sold to mucisMagpie will go to the charity, WasteAid. The proceeds will be used to fund WasteAid’s sustainable electronic waste management education programs in lower-income countries.
[via The Art Newspaper, cover image via musicMagpie]
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