Murals Highlight Importance of Recycling

Annette Madjarian

Two of the country’s best known mural artists have lent their artistic touch to Hornsby, in a bid to highlight the importance of recycling e-waste and organics.

The walls of Hornsby Shire Council’s Community Recycling Centre (CRC) at Thornleigh now feature two bright and beautiful murals painted respectively by Steven Nuttall (aka Ox King) and Tim Phibs.

Mr Nuttall – well known for his amazing murals in inner-city Sydney – has painted RE://CYCLE “which highlights the goldmine of resources available in e-waste”. (computers, televisions and associated items).

The mural depicts the relationship between technology, society and nature and acts as a “call to arms” for residents to recycle old electronic waste at the CRC.

“The mural features some of my favourite technology growing up that has now fallen by the wayside in favour of more modern alternatives,” he said.

“It asks if these once beloved items are worth saving and what is the impact of the ever-growing advancement of disposable technology. How long can this exponential cycle continue before we are swamped by our own progress?” he explained.

Tim Phibs’ mural – From little things, big things grow – is about recycling organic waste, celebrating the “biodiversity, productivity and new life in soils that have been rejuvenated using recycled organic materials through composting or worm farming”.

“In the centre of the mural is a pair of hands that represents us the people holding soil which is sprouting a seedling/new growth. This symbolises that it is up to us, and we are all responsible to be mindful of the impact we have on the world around us,” Mr Phibs said.

“It’s time to be aware, educate and change the way we live to create a brighter future,” he added.

According to Council, the murals build on the success of the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle mural painted last year which transformed the CRC into a local landmark.

The CRC is a free service for residents to dispose of waste that can’t go into household rubbish bins or kerbside collection. This includes car and motorcycle batteries, soft and hard plastics, polystyrene, electronic waste, flattened cardboard, gas bottles and mobile phones.

The artworks are on the back wall of the facility at 29 Sefton Road, Thornleigh.

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