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12 April, 22:00

An African artist creates ecological paintings from shoes washed ashore

An African artist creates ecological paintings from shoes washed ashore
Influenced by growing environmental awareness and the need to dispose of waste, artists around the world are looking for new ways to use waste. One of them is the African artist Aristide Kouame from the Ivory Coast, who uses garbage washed ashore for his paintings.
Ivory Coast, like many other West African countries, faces a serious problem of beach pollution with garbage. Plastic and rubber waste, in particular shoes, are already becoming part of the urban landscape. However, they threaten the ecosystem. 

However, thanks to the creative approach of Aristide Kouame, this waste gets a new life already in the form of works of art. An African artist transforms rubber shoes into paintings, the price of which reaches several thousand dollars. 
He cuts plastic and rubber soles into pieces and then expertly assembles them into large collages. These collages feature shapes, letters, and even faces carved from what used to be trash. Kouame makes the paint himself by grinding the remains of shoes into pigment dyes, which makes his technique even more environmentally friendly.

 "This is garbage that people threw into the sea, and the sea returns it to us because it does not need it," the artist says.
 Aristide Kouame's work is an example of artistic talent and understanding of the problems facing his country. These collages, created from garbage, are a kind of monuments to the problems of environmental pollution that need to be solved. His equipment is both inexpensive and environmentally friendly.
Source: reuters.com

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