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Artist builds ‘Mount Recyclemore’ of world leaders ahead of G7 summit

Artist builds ‘Mount Recyclemore’ of world leaders ahead of G7 summit

The sculpture is made of electronic waste that would typically go to landfill. 

Artist builds ‘Mount Recyclemore’ of world leaders ahead of G7 summit

The UK will be hosting the 47th G7 Summit in Cornwall this weekend, with leaders around the world meeting to discuss a range of issues including climate change, trade and COVID-19 recovery.

Ahead of the summit, local artist Joe Rush has erected a sculpture titled ‘Mount Recyclemore’, which depicts seven world leaders out of electronic waste.

UK’s Boris Johnson, Japan’s Yoshihide Suga, France’s Emmanual Macron, Italy’s Mario Draghi, Canada’s Justin Trudeau, Germany’s Angela Merkel and the US’ Joe Biden feature in the sculpture.

The artwork sits across the water from the Carbis Bay Hotel where the summit will be held, which Rush hopes will grab the attention of the leaders as they fly over.

“We have this looking at them and hopefully we’re going to prick their conscience and make them realise they’re all together in this waste business,” he told the BBC, highlighting the impact electronic waste is having on the planet.

“It needs to be repairable or made to last longer because the stuff is going into landfill.”

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