Langley art show idea recycled

The Upcycle Design Challenge display is open to the public April 22 but before then, people will have to get their entries in on April 11 or 12.

Entries consist of used and found items tranformed, re-imagined or otherwise turned into art or items for use.

This is year two for the Upcycle Design Challenge, a joint effort between Langley Township and the Langley Arts Council as a way to get people to think about waste and use their creativity to put items to other uses.

“We were so pleased with the amazing pieces we saw last year,” said Township solid waste coordinator Krista Daniszewski. “It is amazing how, with a little creativity, items that would otherwise end up in the landfill can become new beautiful works of art. Hopefully this year’s event will be bigger and better than before.”

Upcycling means converting waste material into a more valuable or useful product and both the event’s organizers and the public were impressed by the thought, talent, and variety that went into last year’s entries.

Pat Arthur learned to make plastic bag rugs about 20 years ago while living in a small Mexican village with no electricity, roads, or phones and where everything was upcycled, recycled or reused.

“Each artist created something totally unique,” Daniszewski said. “We had everything from a coffee table made of hockey sticks and a mat weaved from plastic bags, to jewellery made out of leather jackets and even a life-sized ‘hiker’ man made out of 16 different discarded metal items. I can’t wait to see what Langley artists will come up with this year.”

The items entered this year will be put on display at the art show which coincides with Earth Day.

The public is able to go to the Langley Arts Council office, 20550 Fraser Hwy., and judge their favourite pieces for the People’s Choice award.

Prizes will be awarded based on creative use of material, originality, the percentage of reused material utilized, practicality, and artistic merit.

Aspiring eco artists aged 14 and up are invited to participate by creating a new product using a minimum of 75 per cent found or recovered items. Pieces must be submitted at the arts council noon to 8 p.m. on April 11 or 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 12.

For full contest rules and an entry form, visit tol.ca/upcycling.

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