Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Exported English Garbage Returns Home As Art

XIAMEN, China (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A British artist is getting England to take responsibility for its trash by selling it as art.

Daniel Groves says when he heard 800,000 tons of British recyclable refuse was recently sent to landfills in China, he flew to the communist nation to go dumpster diving so he could use the trash as materials for his paintings and send them back to the U.K.

He says he wants to make both a political and ecological statement that serious damage is being done to the environment.

So far he’s made six canvases – which measure 20- inches by 30-inches – of iconic British symbols like a double-decker London Bus, Big Ben, fish and chips and the Union Jack.

Groves says he expects the trashy British flag will get a gut reaction when Brits see it’s made of plastic bags and styrofoam.

He says working with the refuse hasn’t made him sick, but jokes, “There were a few sh■tty bits I had to wipe off.”

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