Sculpture to stare down G7 leaders in United Kingdom, June 2021
I love art created with “found” objects, especially when it uses materials otherwise headed for the landfill. I hope that they are able to keep this exhibit open for a long time for visitors to enjoy, to remind us of the message – and keep it out of a landfill when/if it is destroyed/dismantled!
Mount Recyclemore: The Sculpture
Mount Recyclemore is a spin-off on Mount Rushmore (South Dakota, USA), this sculpture is positioned across the water from the Carbis Bay Hotel, which is hosting the summit. Left to right, it 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 United States President Joe Biden.
The following is an excerpt from an article by Maddie Richards, June 9, 2021 / 11:34 AM / CBS News (https://www.cbsnee (https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mount-recyclemore-sculpture-g7-cornwall-uk-biden-other-leaders-e-waste/)
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. 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 is the founder of a performing arts collective called The Mutoid Waste Company, and he’s known for turning other peoples’ garbage into his artwork. He’s collaborated previously with the likes of Vivienne Westwood and the Rolling Stones.
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.
Mount Rushmore: The Inspiration
Mount Rushmore, South Dakota, USA showcases US Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.
Designed and executed by American sculptor, Gutzon Borglum, he proposed that the four heads in the sculpture symbolize the first 150 years of the United States: Washington to represent the country’s founding; Jefferson, its expansion across the continent; Roosevelt, its development domestically and as a global power; and Lincoln, its preservation through the ordeal of civil war.
Work began in October 1927; on the death of his father in March 1941, Lincoln Borglum took the project to completion in October 1941.