Architecture student turns discarded bottles into works of art

This inspiring news comes to us from Mangalore, India.

Social gatherings and celebrations leave behind in their wake a trail of discarded rubbish, bottles, and trash. It is any cleaner’s nightmare and when there is no proper method of disposing of this waste becomes a veritable menace. This is what has been happening at Mangalore, India. Megha Mendon lives near the Phalguni River and waste items generated at a ground near her house often ends up in the river.

Megha says, “Plastic and glass bottles lying on the river bank unattended for days until they are washed away by water. I live only a few steps away from the river and it was disheartening to see the pollution destroying yet another water source.”

Unlike the majority of us who ignore the mess and choose to continue with our lives, this 23-year-old architecture student decided to do something about the situation. She brainstormed several ideas to clear the discarded bottles and finally zeroed in on her painting skills.

Megha had participated in beach cleanup drives in the past and one day she walked up to the river and collected glass bottles which she brought back home. She says,” Instead of painting on canvas, I painted on a glass bottle and the end result turned out to be fine. So I continued beautifying the bottles and even shared the idea with my neighbors and friends.”

The finished art pieces were striking, to say the least, and they were installed in Megha’s house. It caught people’s attention including that of renowned artist Dinesh Holla. Dinesh encouraged Megha to organize an exhibition for people and to spread the creative message for conserving the environment. So Megha made an informal announcement in her locality about her workshop.

Word spread quickly and Megha saw 30 participants arriving for the 5-day workshop that occurred in May this year. People from all age groups attended the workshop and they were successful in upcycling waste bottles into decorative items. At the end of the workshop, Megha organized a public exhibition of hundreds of collected bottles that had been turned into artwork.

Close to 500 bottles were sold in the exhibition under 3 categories; with LED lights, without lights and embossed art. After receiving an overwhelming response to the workshop and exhibition Megha plans to continue her good work and contribute to saving the environment in a creative manner.

Image Source: Coastal Digest

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