ENVIRO – Recycling Factory

  • ENVIRO - Recycling Factory

    Photo: Essi Ojanperä

  • Garbage Challenge:

    The environment project turns our eyes to the garbage problem in Grand-Popolese surroundings. While waiting for the municipal waste management system to function, Villa Karo is discussing the waste problem within project ENVIRO. Apart from reflecting on the risks of waste and their treatment, we will discover the possibilities of recycling and reusing the garbage. To learn more about the background of the project, click on the image!

    Photo: Sakari Kannosto

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  • October: Recycling point to Villa Karo

    Photo: Vilma Pimenoff

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  • November:

    Scrap metal

    Villa Karo started to collect "waste" for scrap sculpture workshop which will be organized by sculptor Sakari Kannosto in December. Even if valuable waste is often resold, majority of the waste is disposed of by burying or burning it.

    Photo: Sakari Kannosto

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  • November:

    The Compost and the Nursery Garden

    With the help of Beninese project coordinator of ENVIRO, Blanchard Djossou, we began to sort out the bio waste, started a compost, and established a nursery garden based on permaculture close to the cultural center. The plants are growing to be used in workshops on composting and small-scale gardening.

    Photo: Sakari Kannosto

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  • December:

    Chicken All Over the Place!

    Chicken function as "waste mills", and are symbolic to waste problem and its solution.

    Photo: Rea-Liina Brunou

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  • "Afrikana"

    Sakari Kannosto & team 2014. Recycled materials: steel, water bags, flip-flops

    The idea of chicken as "waste mills" inspired the sculpture 'Afrikana' made by sculptor Sakari Kannosto and the students of CEG de Grand-Popo.

    Photo: Sakari Kannosto

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  • Aldric, Sakari and the Chicken

    The framework of 'Afrikana' was born out of construction waste.

    Photo: Blanchard Djossou

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  • Workshop of December

    Plastic bags which were found at the beach of Grand-Popo became the feathers of 'Afrikana'

    Photo: Ulla Pulkka

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  • Metamorphosis of 'Afrikana'

    Click on the image to see how sculpture 'Afrikana' was created!

    Photo: Ulla Pulkka

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  • "Dieu peut tout"

    Sakari Kannosto 2014 wood, iron, marker pen

    It is said that God is all-powerful. He can create the heavens and the earth and the sea. Even the small human beings, who can destroy all of that, or save it, if willing to.

    Photo: Ulla Pulkka

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  • The Preaching Hen

    The hen puppet made by Richard le DINOSAURE preaches the dangers of plastics: "Do not throw the plastic in nature! That's not good! That's not good! Not for you, not for me, nor for the nature!"

    Photo: Ulla Pulkka

  • With the mouth of 'the Preaching Hen' the students of CEG speak about the waste problem

    Photo: Ulla Pulkka

  • Meet the future environmental actors of Grand-Popo!

    Photo: Ulla Pulkka

  • February:

    Matti Kurkela and the Mami of the Sea

    Photo: Tuomas Uusheimo

  • Details of Waste, Details of Art

    Matti Kurkela with his work of art made of recycled materials.

    Photo: Tuomas Uusheimo

  • Stitch and tail of the material cycle

    Johanna Havimäki weaves rugs of plastic bags and reflects on the curls of the global materialism

    Photo: Julia Autio

  • Young hero of environmental protection

    Inspired by Finnish artists Nanna Susi and Sakari Kannosto, Judicaël DEGUE dreams and acts to save the planet Earth

  • Earth– the only wealth we have to leave to the next generation

    Sophie HOUNNOU participated in the ENVIRO project learning and teaching how to use plastic bags to weave rugs

    Photo: Maikki Salmivaara

  • RECYCLING FACTORY

    ENVIRO-project culminated in the crafts and recycling weekend that was organised in Grand-Popo in May 2014

    Poster: Maikki Salmivaara

  • Mami-Watas, Puppeteers and Musicians

    Click here to watch the video about the launching seremony of the ENVIRO-weekend

    Photo: Julia Autio

  • ENVIRO- Arts and Crafts Exhibition

    Welcome to virtual ENVIRO exhibition! Click the photo to get in.

    Photo: Maikki Salmivaara

  • ENVIRO- Recycling Factory

    In the ENVIRO-weekend workshops we used garbage to produce all sorts of things: carpets, oil lamps, beads etc... Watch Anniina Mustalahti’s video to see how we made it!

    Photo: Maikki Salmivaara

  • Media hits of ENVIRO Weekend

    The crafts and recycling weekend received attention in the Beninese press

  • Miracle Man ENVIRO

    Oboubé Blanchard DJOSSOU pulls the strings of ENVIRO in Benin

    Photo: Maikki Salmivaara

  • Deities and environmental protection

    In Benin vodun and environmental protection are intertwined in many ways

    Photo: Blanchard Djossou

ENVIRO – Usine de Recyclage is a participatory environmental project organized at Villa Karo in 2013-2014. In this project the waste problem and recycling are approached through arts and crafts.

Daily environmental challenges are dealt through art, and waste materials are being used as raw material for arts and crafts. The project consists of constructing a recycling sculpture exhibition at Villa Karo, participatory arts, crafts and composting workshops as well as school collaboration in the area of  environmental sensibilisation. The project is implemented in collaboration with Finnish and Beninese artists and environmental experts.

On this website you can follow the progress of the project: click on the images on the slider above and watch videos from the workshops and exhibitions!

 




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