Chester Zoo will host an exhibition featuring giant interactive works of art made from waste and trash. It’s being unveiled as the world-renowned zoo celebrates its 90th anniversary as a leading wildlife charity.
Love it for Longer, which runs at Chester Zoo from 11 June until mid-October, features eight huge installations created by six different artists, each formed from discarded plastic rubbish, old fabrics, unwanted technology, rainwater and even animal dung.
The exhibition is the first of its kind to be staged in the U.K., which encourages audiences to make environmentally-friendly choice thanks to the sculptures. The zoo conservationists and artists behind the sculptures say they have never seen anything like it.
It will promote sustainable social and environmental practices across all aspects of daily life and strive to show how the world can become a waste-free zone if people work together.
The art consists of, among other things, a 20-foot-long chameleon made from recycled shampoo bottles, a sculpture that turns rainwater into music and a maze made from unwanted fabrics that will highlight how waste streams harm the natural world and inspire conversation and positive action.
Dom Strange, Director of Operations at Chester Zoo, said:
Rowan Cannon and Sarah Bird, directors at award-winning outdoor arts organisation Wild Rumpus who are producing the event in partnership with Chester Zoo, said
Love it for Longer is being created by Wild Rumpus, the social enterprise that has worked with Chester Zoo on its wintertime event, The Lanterns, since 2017.
Most of the materials used in the making of the exhibition are reused or recycled objects that would usually have been thrown away and, when it leaves the zoo in October, it will be installed elsewhere in the county to enable other people to see it.
Love it for Longer is free with normal zoo admission. For more on the exhibition, and to book zoo tickets, visit: www.chesterzoo.org/loveitforlonger