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“.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Figure ii by Tom Farrimond
Even these beautiful tents were made from waste materials, including plastic bags, old tarpaulins and rotary clothes dryers!
Sea Guardians by the Bishopsteignton Outdoor Art Group
And finally, a wire sculpture that seems to float above the sea.