Trashplant Festival Creates Environmental Awareness Through Artivism, Tenerife 2018

The Trashplant Festival is an innovative international project aimed to revolutionise our environmental awareness. Under the curatorship of Trash artist Bordalo II, famous all over the world for his #TrashAnimals, Trashplant took place in the city of San Cristobal de La Laguna, Tenerife, Canary Islands, from 25-30th June 2018.

Trash is a huge inspiration for curator artist Bordalo II, his art demonstrates how trash can be recycled and reused, not only for his art sculptures, but also to raise much needed awareness of waste production all over the world.

The world’s best urban artists who create environmental awareness through their art were invited to join Bordalo II to amplify his waste production mission.

Artists invited to create for Trashplant included Bordalo II (PT), ±MAISMENOS± (PT), Icy & Sot (IR), Glam Catarina (PT), Forest Dump (PT), Diedel Klöver (DE), Laurence Vallières (CA).

Bordalo II used waste and plastics from the local area to create “Half Canary Crow”…

In Trashplant we value all the benefits that a “second life” of the waste can give us, a “transplant” of the same.

Artist ±MAISMENOS± was inspired by chronic human diseases. The word Emphysema (lung damage) was made out of empty plastic bottles within the forest. Trees help the planet breathe by turning carbon dioxide into clean, pure oxygen. Trees are considered the lungs of the earth because they produce oxygen, which is necessary for all life. Emphysema highlights the damage we are causing to the lungs of Mother Nature.

±MAISMENOS± also wrote Cirrhosis (liver damage) on water barrels at the Bajamar swimming pools, Cirrhosis is a condition in which the liver does not function properly due to long-term toxic damage. Here ±MAISMENOS± cleverly highlights the ill effects waste, toxins and pollutants are having on our water supplies.

Icy and Sot left their ‘Plastic Ban’ in the Mesa Mota picnic park, and at the coast of Jover, La Laguna, Tenerife. All over the world governing bodies are taking control of the plastic pollution problem, bringing in either complete bans on plastic, or bans on specific forms like polystyrene.  These bans are needed as currently 5,473,804 Tons of plastic waste is being dumped into our oceans globally, this year! and the figure goes up every second!

Laurence Vallières created an Owl out of recycled cardboard, Owls represent wisdom whilst the cardboard used is intended to echo the notions of the impermanence and fragility of nature.

Glam Catarina used recycled wood to create her turtle by the sea with a light house on top. Hundreds of marine turtles die every year after becoming entangled in rubbish in the oceans and on beaches, including plastic ‘six pack’ holders and discarded fishing gear.

Forest Dump decided to bring the wooden telephone pole back to what nature intended! Forest Dump tied tree branches to the bare wooden pole to reflect and remind us of its true former glory.

Diedel Klöver used recycled Iron and turned it into a fish sculpture. A major report declared that our oceans will contain more plastic than fish by 2050 unless the world takes radical action to stop rubbish leaking into the seas.

Trashplant is an exercise of environmental awareness through art, that is, Artivism

As well as art there was facilities, music and other actions to inoculate the viewer the need to transform society through our involvement with the natural environment and its preservation.


Photo Credit @Luzsosafoto



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