Artists Joe Rush and sculptor Alex Wreckage, along with online reatiler musicMagpie, have built a sculpture out of mountains of e-waste to bring attention to the importance of the proper disposal of IT equipment. The piece displays world leads Boris Johnson, Yoshihide Suga, Emmanuel Macron, Mario Draghi, Justin Trudeau, Angela Merkel and Joe Biden.
E-waste is becoming an increasingly large problem; according to a 2019 report, 53.6 million metric tonnes of e-waste was generated in 2019 in the EU, with only 17% of it being properly recycled. These figures are expected to almost double by 2030. It is for this reason that musicMagpie partnered with WasteAid to bring attention to the problem – they are also giving £1 to WasteAid for each piece of IT equipment brought into the store to trade. The artists hope that people will begin to think twice about where their e-waste goes once they throw it away, and that consequently less WEEE ends up in landfill.
The construction will remain in Cabris Bay, Cornwall until Sunday, after which it will be sent to Stockport.