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The art in waste and nature

Published:Thursday | November 24, 2016 | 12:00 AM

From tea tables made of old tyres to storage closets made of plastic bottles, the Marrakech climate talks were a study in how waste and natural products can be a source of art.

This was reflected in an exhibition hosted by the Holmarcon Group from November 7 to 18 inside what was dubbed the 'Innovations Zone'.

The tea table, dubbed the 'Green Tea Table', and the work of Samir Chaoui, offer tyres a second lease on life. The tyre is transformed from pollutant to an ecological decoration, seat and likely conversation piece.

Composed of a fully upholstered tyre, it is "dressed in an elegant wooden mosaic and decorated with a delicate Moroccan touch, with a solid-wood design base".

The storage closet, called 'Pet 1960' and created by Hicham El Madi, advances the discussion on waste valuation.

"This model is named PET 1960, a mix and composition between wood as a natural material and plastics. This piece of furniture gives a second life to the bottle..."


Featured piece 'La Releve'


Among the other pieces on show was a sculpture titled 'La Releve' that testifies to the magic of recycling and took its cue from the climate talks.

Made of recycled iron and fabric, the man in the image is said to represent Morocco as an ambassador of the environment.

"He holds an umbrella under which this event happens, symbolised by a woman representing environmental awareness. She is tendering a symbolic rose to present and especially future generations to take over and work for a better world," notes the description of the work done by Khalid Darnaoud.


Organic cotton handbag


There was also a handbag called 'Safia', made mostly of organic cotton. A creation of Kenza Bennani, "its lining is made of glass silk and its finishes in sfifa and braided cords are handmade in vegetal silk".

"The idea is to revisit the Berber flat pouch, generally made of embroidered leather, and apply symbolic embroidery to it on a fully eco-conscious approach," notes the description.

"The robustness of the embroidery supports the fabric and transforms it not only visually, but also in terms of sustainability."

There was also a set of vases titled 'JIDHR', done by Younes Duret as part of "how to bring industry and artisan together".

"These vases are designed with ecological intelligence. After use, screw your small bottle of mineral water to the base of the vase. Then, arrange in there a beautiful bouquet of flowers. The first vase evokes feminine curves decorated with floral patterns. The second, with vertical lines, is designed with two geometric shapes of Islamic inspiration" reads the description.

They are made from 3D printing from organic materials, cork, wood and cornstarch, packed in bioplastic.

The pieces were a part of 17 creations designed by Moroccan designers. And it was not only the works of art that reflected the eco-conscious spirit. The displays and reception counter were designed using a minimum of materials, while entry to the gallery heralded a world away from the hustle and bustle of the talks - and it wasn't by accident.