London – When the G7 leaders arrive in southern England later this week, they will be greeted by a multi-story sculpture of their own heads, made from e-waste. The sculpture “Mount Recyclemore” by artist Joe Rush is intended to demonstrate the damage caused by thefestering in the world, and the need for it to be more easily recyclable.
Rush is the founder of a performing arts collective called The Mutoid Waste Company, and he’s known for turning other people’s garbage into works of art. He has already collaborated with Vivienne Westwood and the Rolling Stones.
Rush told CBS News’ partner network the BBC that he hopes the topics of his latest work, which he created with fellow artist Alex Wreckage, will take note of his post “when they fly over” by visiting at the seaside resort of Cornwall where the G7 takes place.
The sculpture depicts British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, French President Emmanuel Macron, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Joe Biden. Bay Hotel, which hosts the summit.
Electronic waste “must be repairable or designed to last longer because it goes to landfill,” he told the BBC.
A United Nations report found that 59 million tonnes of e-waste was generated globally in 2019, and only 17.4% of it was recycled. These wastes can include toxic and hazardous substances such as mercury and chlorofluorocarbons, which pose a serious risk to human health and the environment if handled improperly.
“We have this look [the G7 leaders] and hopefully we will prick their conscience and make them realize that they are all together in this garbage business, “Rush told the BBC.” Their key message is to talk to each other and sort out this mess. ”
The organization that commissioned the sculpture, “musicMagpie”, has supported a new program from the charity “WasteAid” which aims to help communities, especially in developing countries, to manage electronic waste more safely. .