A sculptor has erected a large statue representing the heads of the leaders of the Group of Seven countries in the form of Mount Rushmore, made of e-waste, in the city of Cornwall, before the summit of the group.
The sculptor called the statue “Recycling Mountain”, and it aims to highlight the damage caused by disposing of electronic devices.
Sculptor Joe Rush said he hopes this will show manufacturers the need to make these materials more easily reused or recycled.
He added, “The materials must be repairable, or we make them last longer, because in their current state they will be buried in the landfill.”
A United Nations report says that in 2019 companies generated more than 53 million tons of e-waste worldwide – more than 9 million tons more than the previous rate five years ago.
The seven leaders whose heads are visible at the top of the mountain are: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Shuga, French President Emmanuel Macron, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Joe Biden.
Rush explained that the clearly visible location for this artwork was chosen near the Carbis Bay hotel, where the summit is due to take place this weekend, in the hope that the owners of the photos will notice the mountain “when they fly over it.”
He added, “We made this mountain overlook them, and we hope to awaken their consciences and make them realize that they are all alike in the matter of waste.”
“The main message is: ‘Talk to each other’ and let’s tackle this mess,” he said.