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Making the Difference brings sculpture to Crouch End

Publication date: Tuesday 20 March 2012

A project funded through the Making the Difference Fund and waste contractor, Veolia Environmental Services, will bring "Beautiful Beasts" to the centre of Crouch End.

‘Beautiful Beasts’ is an innovative educational sculpture project led by local artist Julie Beech aiming to show how waste can be transformed into something beautiful and inspiring.

A-level students at Greig City Academy and students at Highgate Wood School have created a ‘zoo’ of ‘beautiful beast’ sculptures, through recycling an array of interesting furniture and objects.

These fun and fantastical sculptures will be exhibited to the public downstairs at Riley’s Ice-cream Parlour, Broadway Parade, Crouch End, N8 from Wednesday 21 March until Sunday 1 April.

Cllr Lyn Weber who monitored the project, said:

This is a great project which provides a fun and creative means through which young people can see the benefits of re-using materials that would otherwise go to waste.

Eighty per cent of the materials needed to create the sculptures have been sourced from the local Hornsey Reuse and Recycling Centre.

Running alongside the sculpture workshops in schools are sessions from Veolia’s educational team highlighting the importance of not littering, sustainability and recycling.

Veolia's Communication, Education and Outreach Manager Kate Marsh, said:

The Beautiful Beasts project is a fantastic way to engage pupils in the importance of dealing with waste in a sustainable manner, whilst being a lot of fun.

In addition an educational video documenting the project from its outset will be created which may be used as a teaching tool by Veolia.

A similar project in 2009 led to the sculptures being exhibited in the prestigious Saatchi Gallery in South Kensington and later at the Earth Summit for Secondary Schools in Haringey.

Tags: recycle, riley's, sculpture, veolia

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Ooh this looks interesting. We'll pop in on Saturday.

I think Veolia are way cool. When the leaves were falling last year they gathered them up into bio rotting bags and unwittingly made them into a sculpture on Ridge Road. See pic. - Dave.


Some of the objects, including an Afhghan Hound, jelly fish and a peacock and others


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