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Seven artists in Egypt created nine massive, brilliant pieces of artwork made 100 percent from old factory waste materials.

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The eco-artists created the artworks in an industrial district close to Egypt’s northern coast. The art was made mostly from scraps of iron, plastic, and wood.

They are on display at the Alamein Art Festiva. Art D’Egypte launched the first edition of the art festival with the seven artists and challenged them to make something remarkable of things that are usually left unnoticed. The artists are known for their social and environmental sustainability policies and approaches, Egypt Today reported. The young artists used factory waste with nature and the sea to call attention to the concept of upcycling.

The festival will be one month long and promotes the concept of environmental sustainability through art, said Nadine Abdel-Ghaffar the founder of Art D’Egypte and chief organizer of the festival.

“Through their eco-friendly art installations, Egyptian contemporary artists call on people to be aware of conserving the environment and the climate,” she told Xinhua News.

One of the pieces of art is two large leaves standing together inside two metal frames, resembling an open book.

“I connected the two panels of a scrap iron fence to form a shape of a page, sketched a shape of a leaf inside each page and chopped off the surplus materials,” veteran Egyptian sculptor Omar Tossoun explained how he created his sculpture A Leaf.

“It sends a message to factories that the materials they deem scraps can be used for good purposes by artists in creating artworks, which can make a place more beautiful,” said Tossoun.

Another of the pieces is a colorful, almost 20-foot tall sculpture resembling a jellyfish. The art took half a ton of wasted iron to create and took Marwa Magdy, the artist, a month to finish.

“I use a jellyfish as a symbol for marine life and other organisms living in oceans, as they suffer a lot from environmental Pollution. I think we need to recycle all waste in an eco-friendly way and be aware of other organisms’ living conditions,” Magdy told Xinhua.

Check out these eco-artists that are using their art to call attention to the massive problem of Pollution and sign the petition to demand federal clean-up of disproportionately affected polluted areas in the United States.

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