Speaking the recycling language

Speaking the recycling language

03 June 2019 | Art and Entertainment

Michelline Nawatises

In line with the recycling message, the students of College of the Arts (COTA) are now designing and creating sculptures out of old newspapers. The project kick-started earlier in the year, when Alexander Fase, the Production Director and Training Officer of Namibia Media Holdings (NMH) came up with the initiative of collaborating with the students of COTA in February.

The learners involved are attending first- and second-year courses at the college and they were required to design sculptures out of old newspapers and publications provided by NMH. Having the theme “recycling” in the back of their minds, the students stuck to that subject when designing and creating brilliant sculptures made out of paper mâché (a composite material consisting of pieces of paper or pulp)

With Newsprint, the printer of NMH-papers, having provided nine pallets of newspaper waste to COTA, the students were handed a three-week assignment during which time they had to complete the project. Twelve sculptures were chosen out of more than 25 sculptures, which are to be showcased at the Namibia Tourism Expo, which will take place from 5 to 8 June 2019 at the Windhoek Showgrounds.

The artist of the winning sculpture will walk away with a sponsored prize, in the form of one term’s attendance of COTA being paid by NMH. Jade Shivute, a second-year student was delighted and grateful for being exposed to such a project.

The twelve students were nominated and their statues were assessed on 1 April 2019. All of these sculptures will be placed at different venues during the NTE - they will be displayed with a little note providing a description and more information about the artist. The sculptures will be up for sale at the conclusion of the Expo through an auction, starting off with a reserve price of N$ 300 per item.

COTA also received a voucher to the value of N$ 5 000 from NMH, allowing it to purchase additional craft material at Pupkewitz MegaBuild.

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