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Discarded items turned into art at "Tong's Vintage" exhibition Updated: 2021-05-27 07:07:50 KST

Ahead of the 2021 P4G Seoul Summit, a special exhibition at Daelim Museum is showing how materials that are thrown away could be reborn as art.
Raising awareness of environmental issues, it shares a message of the importance using bio-degradable materials. Our culture correspondent Kim Bo-kyoung tells us more.
From furniture made out of old down jackets to art inspired by used fabrics,
imaginative works await visitors to "Tong's Vintage: The Strange Tongui General Store", a special exhibition to mark the 2021 P4G Seoul Summit.
Artists have created 23 unique works using dumped objects and bio-degradable materials. to raise awareness on how we should deal with climate change.

"As visitors move to the upper floors, the sections consist of seven materials placed in order of how long they take to decompose in nature -- the slowest to fastest."

"This is one of exhibition sections called "Playful Plastic".
Using plastic waste, which takes centuries to naturally decompose, artists have created inspiring works of art."

One artist took inspiration from a factory producing PVC-coated steel pipes used for hand rails and bus handles.

"Factories get orders for different colors of pipes. When they change color for example from blue to yellow, some pipes come out with mixed-up colors. Factories see that as waste and throw them away but I wanted to make them into art."

Masks are necessities these days and not only defective products but old masks are piling up.
Kim Haneul used tons of discarded mask fabric to make stools.
Hoping that more bio-degradable materials can be used in the future, one artist used cornstarch with the moisture completely removed.

"I think climate change and environmental pollution are closely related to other crises that we face such as the COVID-19 pandemic. I began to pay attention to sustainable design as part of efforts to improve an art culture that uses materials and throws them away."

Korea's First Lady, Kim Jung-sook also toured the exhibition on Wednesday, recycling plastic and pledging to take action for the environment and future generations.
By showing how once-discarded items can be reborn as unique artwork, the artists hope their efforts inspire visitors to take more interest in environmental issues.
Kim Bo-kyoung, Arirang News.
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