The Power of Upcycling Art in Lebanon

Art is about creative expression, an expression that is translated through a wide range of mediums. For many what is seen as rubbish can be perceived as gold for others. The term “upcycling” was coined by Paulette Touma Eid, it is meant to describe the vision of how discarded objects can be transformed into beautiful works of art. Her passion for art began at a young age, and through her journey in architecture, she developed a deep appreciation for deconstructed architecture and the potential of upcycling.

As a whole Lebanese artists have found different methods of creating art, in this case, it is meant to highlight the importance of being environmental-friendly. Recycling is the means of preserving one’s environment, “A revolution against waste management” is an exhibition made to commemorate that thought. The exhibition sheds light on the health impacts of waste, and how managing these wastes can reap economic benefits. Especially, since Lebanon has faced these challenges regarding waste, with many investments made to address the problem to no avail. Still, the country struggles to find the correct way to handle its management.

Lebanese artists had taken it upon themselves to spread this environmental message through their art. A form of communication to allow others to become aware of the urgent need to protect our planet. Furthermore, it showcases the utilization of recycling materials to create practical objects with beauty. While making a socio-political statement but also demonstrating their brilliance. “Trash Art” puts a twist on the concept of creativity with the added challenge of being resourceful. Art has been proven through this genre that it can be created from anything, no matter how unconventional it may be.

Upcycling art is a testament to the transformative nature of creating. Artists like Paulette Touma Eid have not only created stunning sculptures but have raised awareness of the importance of recycling and waste management. It causes a positive influence on both, the artistic and environmental landscapes.

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