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For the last ten years the seaside town of Teignmouth in Devon has been hosting a sculpture trail with a difference: all the works are made from recycled materials. The aim is to highlight environmental issues and the trail features sculptures by local artists and community groups. This year’s trail runs to the end of August and is linked with the UN project “It’s Our World“.
Teignmouth Sculpture Trail 2014

Love Your Planet by Michelle Greenwood-Brown, made from factory waste and leftovers from other projects

One of the highlights of this year’s trail was this polar bear, donated by Greenpeace after its appearance in the Arctic Campaign at the Glastonbury Festival. The bear is dressed in chain mail, symbolically defending its territory from global warming.

Teignmouth Sculpture Trail 2014

The Greenpeace sculpture of a polar bear in chain mail

Because this is the tenth year of the trail, of course it needed a birthday cake! This one is made from plastic milk bottles.
Teignmouth Sculpture Trail 2014

Birthday Cake by Karen Lockyear

My favourite sculpture was this Sea Dream Catcher. It is made from the type of rubbish that is regularly thrown into the sea.

Teignmouth Sculpture Trail 2014

Sea Dream Catcher by the Camphill Devon Community

And another one that makes use of the seascape behind it. Figure ii is constructed from building material membranes.

Teignmouth Sculpture Trail 2014

Figure ii by Tom Farrimond

Even these beautiful tents were made from waste materials, including plastic bags, old tarpaulins and rotary clothes dryers!

Teignmouth Sculpture Trail 2014

Sea Guardians by the Bishopsteignton Outdoor Art Group

And finally, a wire sculpture that seems to float above the sea.

Teignmouth Sculpture Trail

Suspended by Deborah Duffin

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