New ‘Waste to Art’ Exhibition Expresses Hope for a Cleaner Future

Cape Town has opened a new ‘Waste to Art’ exhibition at the Civic Center. It is part of the Festive Lights Switch-On event and features artwork made by 6th and 7th graders.


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The saying ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’ was proven yesterday at the opening of a new public exhibition, the Festive Lights Switch-On ‘Waste to Art’ exhibition, in Cape Town Civic Center.

The exhibition shows how waste can be turned into beautiful and meaningful art and promotes the all-important message to reduce, reuse and recycle.

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The exhibition was officially opened by the Mayor of Cape Town, Geordin Hill-Lewis, Alderman Grant Twigg and Alderman JP Smith. There were also 40 pupils and their teachers from Cecil Road Primary, Dryden Primary, Wesley Primary in Salt River and St. Paul’s Primary in Bo-Kaap. They were responsible for imaginative creations.

Cape Town Mayor Goerdin Hill-Lewis attended the launch of the exhibit. He said:

“It’s wonderful to be here at the opening of the ‘Waste to Art’ exhibition, where school children turned waste from the streets of Cape Town into these incredible works of art.” In our #SpringCleanCT campaign, we strive to change behaviors around waste. “Nothing should become waste, and waste can be turned into something special.”

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The Waste to Art project is part of the city’s annual Festive Lights Switch-On event. This is a good opportunity to help young people understand the importance of climate change, overconsumption and the need to keep the environment clean both for nature and for the people and animals that live on the earth.

In 2022, the project was carried out in collaboration with the City’s Urban Waste Management Department. Their “Let’s Act” #SpringcleanCT campaign encourages all citizens to clean up their own acts and help others clean up theirs.

Alderman Grant Twigg, who is part of the Mayor’s Committee for Urban Waste Management, recently visited Cecil Road Primary to see how the art projects were progressing.

“I am so proud of our young people and the effort they have put in. They are our future leaders and ambassadors for a cleaner world. I thank everyone, including our diligent teachers, for taking the time to participate in this project on their exam preparation schedule; it was worth it,” Alderman Twigg said.

Works on display include an aquarium made from recycled bottles, a timely reminder that our oceans and aquatic life need room to breathe. Other works of art include a bouquet of flowers made from old paper; a 3D representation of Cape Town with the stadium, Table Mountain, paragliders and the sea; a combo of Nike sneakers; and a colorful traditional dwelling with recycling bins that remind us to take care of what we put back into the earth, no matter where we are.

The “Waste to Art” exhibition is open at the Civic Center until January 13, 2023 and is a must-see for Hope for the Future, which also speaks to this year’s theme of turning on the festive lights: Cape Town , City of Hope.

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