The electronic waste “needs to be repairable or made to last longer because the stuff is going into landfill,” he told the BBC. TOM NICHOLSON/REUTERS
The sculpture depicts U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, French President Emmanuel Macron, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Joe Biden, and is positioned across the water from the Carbis Bay Hotel, which is hosting the summit. “Mount Recyclemore” sculpture to stare down Biden and other G7 leaders in U.K., demanding they tackle e-waste
By Maddie Richards
June 9, 2021 / 11:34 AM
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“Mount Recyclemore,” an artwork made from electronic waste by Joe Rush and Alex Wreckage ahead of the G7 summit, at Hayle Towans in Cornwall, England, depicts, from left to right, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, French President Emmanuel Macron, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Joe Biden. E-waste: How big of a problem is electronic w… The “Mount Recyclemore” sculpture by artist Joe Rush is intended to demonstrate the harm caused by the huge amount of e-waste festering around the world, and the need for it to be more easily recyclable. Rush told CBS News’ partner network BBC that he hopes the subjects of his latest work, which he created with fellow artist Alex Wreckage, will take note of its message “when they fly over” on their way to the resort in Cornwall where the G7 is taking place. He’s collaborated previously with the likes of Vivienne Westwood and the Rolling Stones. “They key message is ‘talk to each other’ and let’s sort this mess out.”
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The organization that commissioned the sculpture, “musicMagpie” has backed a new program by the charity “WasteAid” that aims to help communities, particularly in developing nations, more safely deal with e-waste.
First published on June 9, 2021 / 11:34 AM Alex Wreckage makes an adjustment to “Mount Recyclemore,” an artwork depicting the G7 leaders looking towards Carbis Bay, made from electronic waste by him and Joe Rush, ahead of the G7 summit, at Hayle Towans in Cornwall, England, June 8, 2021. 03:53
A United Nations report found that 59 million tons of e-waste was generated worldwide in 2019, and only 17.4% of it was recycled. TOM NICHOLSON/REUTERS
London — When the G7 leaders arrive in southern England later this week, they’ll be greeted by a multi-story sculpture of their own heads, made of electronic trash. This waste can include toxic and hazardous substances such as mercury and chlorofluorocarbons, which pose a severe risk to human health and the environment if handled incorrectly.”We have this looking at [the G7 leaders] and hopefully we’re going to prick their conscience and make them realize they’re all together in this waste business,” Rush told the BBC.