TORONTO – Large amounts of plastic bags, bottles and other garbage are a common sight on Brazil’s beaches. But a Brazilian artist takes these junk pieces to create his own interpretation of some of the most famous works of art in the world.
Eduardo Srur has created replicas of master paintings by Picasso, Van Gogh and others. Not a single drop of paint is used. Instead, Srur uses nothing but plastic garbage collected from polluted streets and rivers.
Some of these masterpieces, like the Mona Lisa, have been around for more than 500 years. Srur warns that the plastics we dispose of could take much longer to decompose.
“I am making a prediction that these works will remain in human history for many years to come, as will the plastic that we inappropriately dispose of in nature,” he told Reuters.
Srur’s series “Natureza Plástica” or “Plastic Nature” will be shown later this year and is the latest of Srur’s numerous artistic efforts to raise awareness of Brazil’s environmental issues.
Previously, he created oversized inflatable jaguars, which are a popular species in Brazil that is critically endangered.
Srur has also placed several huge public art installations around Sao Paulo with mannequins in kayaks on polluted rivers.
In another play, Srur created a maze of solid waste and challenged viewers to face the mountains of rubbish that society generates.
– With files from Reuters