Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Scrap transformed into arts event sculpture

Eastgate Centre, Basildon UK

A DRAGONFLY made out of shopping trolleys and a female bust made from rusting metal and glass are among the weird and wonderful sculptures at the Eastgate Centre in Basildon.

Dozens of companies from across the district entered into the spirit of 'Basildon is the green place to be' and some 45 pieces of artwork were created for the week-long green art exhibition, held at the centre to promote environmental awareness.

The Basildon Art Challenge, is expected to become an annual event and is being organised by the Green Business Forum. The forum, which is funded by Basildon Council, offers free advice to help businesses reduce their impact on the environment and make efficiency savings.

In the last year, businesses working with the forum have saved nearly a million pounds through environmental improvements. Forum experts helped businesses save £735,000 on energy, £165,000 on cardboard waste and £17,000 on water.

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