Manly Arts Festival sculpting the way

Article image - Manly Arts Festival sculpting the way E-sculpture by Martin Dolan

Residents from Sydney’s northern beaches are being invited to make electronic waste into art as part of the 2010 Manly Arts Festival. The program ‘E-Sculpt.2010’ encourages residents to submit proposals for the first ever e-waste to art outdoor sculpture exhibition.

E-waste can include electronic refuse, old circuit boards,
DVDs and any authentic electrical appliances, including smoke alarms and toasters. This waste contains an alarming number of toxic materials including lead, cadmium and mercury.

The Shore Regional Organisation of Councils – Manly, Mosman, Pittwater and Warringah – introduced a ban on the kerbside collection of e-waste from 1 January 2010.

Mayor of Manly, Councillor Jean Hay, hopes the art program will raise awareness of the dangers associated with e-waste.

“E-Sculpt.2010 aims to draw attention to the various issues surrounding e-waste,” she said. “A ban has been placed on these items due to the chemicals they contain, which are hazardous to human health and to the environment; chemicals such as lead, mercury, arsenic and various other toxic substances which must be kept out of landfill to avoid detrimental consequences.”

Several individuals will be chosen to exhibit their e-sculptures as part of the Manly Arts Festival. All entries will be displayed at the Manly Cove Walkway during the Manly Arts Festival from 3 September to 5 September.

For more information call Manly Arts Festival on (02) 9976 1651.