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PLASTIC WASTE AND ITS ARTISTIC CONTEXT

  • Evans Kwadwo Donkor - Sculpture Technology, Takoradi Technical University, Ghana
  • Victor Kweku Bondzie Micah - Sculpture Technology, Takoradi Technical University, Ghana
  • David Akomea - Sculpture Technology, Takoradi Technical University, Ghana

DOI 10.31025/2611-4135/2021.14066

Released under CC BY-NC-ND

Copyright: © 2020 CISA Publisher

Editorial History

  • Received: 22 Jul 2020
  • Revised: 29 Jan 2021
  • Accepted: 25 Feb 2021
  • Available online: 31 Mar 2021

Abstract

The prevalence use and handling of plastics have become a global menace to the environment. This menace has even led to a national discourse on banning plastics in Ghana. The plastic waste situation seems to be an oblivious less concerned by some Ghanaian sculptors, engineers and scientists on its artistic exploration and contribution to the quota of environmental sanitation in Ghana. However, having identified the artistic qualities of plastics, this article seeks to transform plastic waste into art by exploring and analysing non-biodegradable polyethylene as a viable and unconventional material for sculpture. The focus of this studio-based research employed the Praxis with arts-based recycling approach as technique and procedures to create a bust from plastic waste as a means of establishing its viability as an unconventional material for sculpture. It was established from the outcome of the research that plastics as non-biodegradable material should not be seen as an environmental menace, but a viable and unconventional material for sculptors and other professionals like engineers and scientists beyond Ghana must also expand on this research further.

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