Arts With Everest Trash

We must work together to preserve and protect the environment in Nepal. Fifteen artists made half ton of garbage in 75 works of art, in favor of environmental awareness of visitors.

KATHMANDU, NEPAL (04/Dec/2012.) – A group of Nepalese artists’ pollution-conscious suffering Everest has become sculptures trash left by climbers on the slopes of the highest mountain in the world. Every year hundreds of climbers come to Nepal with the intention of climbing Everest and other mountains 14 classes that owns the country waste and waste leave behind is the raw material of artistic endeavor.

Arts With Everest Trash

“(Those mountains) are a blessing and we must work together to preserve and protect the environment in Nepal, especially in the Everest,” he told  Kripa Rana Shahi, director of the group Da Art Mind Tree, which is behind the Project.

To accomplish this, a group of 15 artists close himself for a month in Kathmandu and transformed thousand 500 kilograms of garbage collected from the Everest-like gas and oxygen cylinders, batteries, cooking utensils and food-cans in 74 sculptures.

“We have called this process ‘upcycling’” (English term that refers to the reuse of material that has outlived its usefulness), Shahi said.

The sculptures, from a bottle to a boat with wings created from a gas-exposed these days in the Meconopsis Boutique hotel, on the outskirts of the Nepalese capital, after the exhibit last week in Kathmandu.

The garbage collection work is carried out by the Association of Everest climbers (ESA), which between 2011 and this year have cleared the mountain of 10 tons of waste, as stated by the president of the organization, Wangchuk Sherpa.

Sherpa said although the vast majority of the trash has been marketed, store some waste chose to call the attention of the Nepalese leaders on the environmental crisis afflicting the Everest.

“(Artists) heard about this and asked us to perform waste their artwork,” said ESA president, adding that after seeing the sculptures include the “value” of the project.

Artists also realized the importance of working with material from the Everest.

“It was very special to work with these materials, even though I’ve never been in the mountains. Even when I worked with used cans was careful not to waste them,” said one of the sculptors, Sushma Shakya.

Another artist, Lal Kaji Lama, revealed that it was very complicated to use one type of material so alien to sculptors like garbage, but noted that it was important to “create a message”.

Since the mid-90s both mountaineers and environmentalists as Nepalese government itself have expressed concern about the huge amounts of waste that are deposited on top of the balloon during expeditions of climbers.

Currently, each of the Everest climbing expeditions to the Nepalese Government must deliver four thousand U.S. dollars (51 thousand 700 pesos) and that amount will be refunded upon return if they show that they are in possession of the same material that began their journey.

However, the president of the Association of Everest climbers recognized that such control is very poor.

American David Bershears, who has climbed Everest five times, said last week in the exhibition that surely some of the waste that was in 1983 in the mountains was the same before him, but “in a different way.”

The U.S. explained that the first time I climbed the mountain in 1983 became the person to reach the top 135 in 30 years after Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay first achieved it in 1953, and the summit was immaculate.

“But now there are days that go up 135 people,” said Bershears, and revealed that in 1996, while shooting a film on Everest, climbers witnessed some sponsors abandoned cartels after taking some pictures at the summit.

Part of the proceeds from the sale of works of art, whose prices range from $ 14 (181 pesos) to the two thousand 310 U.S. dollars (about 30,000 pesos), will go to the Association of Everest climbers to finance new cleanups, according to the artist Shahi.

“We need to continue collecting trash and educating people,” said Sherpa.

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