A long-term environmental-artistic project in which the community, especially youth, is activated towards environmental protection in an innovative and creative way by collecting urban waste and transforming it into art pieces
Madeira Island, Câmara de Lobos city, in Portugal | 1 January 2015 – ongoing
GREEN STEPS is a long-term environmental-artistic project in which the community is activated towards environmental protection in an innovative and creative way by collecting urban waste and transforming it into massive art installations. The project started five years ago. We decided to make something different that could be not only visually impacting but could also spread a message about climate change, sustainable development, and other environmental topics. The art installations take around half a year to be completed. An active group of local and international volunteers collects urban waste constantly. The entire community is involved, being also part of the process and gaining as well environmental conscience. After gathering enough waste materials, the core team discusses the possible art pieces, and the construction begins. During the whole process of building an art installation, we develop side activities to educate the volunteers about the life cycle of products and its implications on the environment, human health, and economy. This way, we prepare the volunteers to explain the viewers what the objective is of each specific installation. It is also up to the viewer’s free interpretation. In 2016, we had “A Midsummer Night´s Dream”, a steam-punk street installation composed of old washing machine parts. 133 drums were turned into lamps to illuminate the street. The project was spread all over the world and reached thousands of people. In 2017, and in 2018, we collected more than 25 000 empty soda cans, around 400 glass bottles, and two dozen of old bicycle wheels to transform them into artwork. In 2019, we reused old shirts to make chandeliers. To reinforce the objectives of the project it is common as well to organize different workshops, street campaigns, and Eco-marathons and open to the whole community.
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