Monster rhino clean-up

06 July 2015 - 02:09 By David MacGregor

Old tin cans collected from a Sunshine Coast township have been turned into a monster rhino by an internationally renowned "waste artist". Dutch artist Maria Koijck said she hoped that her collaboration with Nelson Mandela Township schoolchildren and the elderly would inspire people to work together to save the environment by turning trash into art.Koijck said children scoured the streets for discarded cans that were stamped flat by the older residents before being fastened on to a metal rhino skeleton made from broken desks and chairs at the Ingubo day care centre."The rhino will be left where it was built in the hope it will help create awareness about the need to care for the environment."The collaboration with Koijck, who has done similar waste art installations in Morocco, Brazil, the US and Europe, came about after the Dutch Saam Werk Foundation was approached by Stenden, an international hospitality industry university that has a campus in Port Alfred.Saam Werk founder Hilly Bijl said the Port Alfred installation was the first of its kind in Africa.She said the foundation wanted to get people to discuss and tackle issues such as unemployment, alcohol abuse, and women and children abuse through art, theatre and dance.Liyabona Mkalipi, 11, who was given a medal of honour made from scrap for her efforts in getting children to collect cans, said she still could not believe art could be made from rubbish."I loved doing this. We cleaned the streets and made a beautiful rhino for everyone to see."Said Ingubo teacher Rose Daweti: "When I first saw Maria using a grinder on the scrap metal skeleton of the rhino, I thought she was crazy. Now that it is finished, all I can say is, wow, it really is a great piece of art."

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