When Metropolis at Metrotown announced their latest exhibit Waste to Wonder; an environmental hazard transformed into something beautiful and positive. I was super inspired to check it out (especially when I heard the words, transformation & positive hehe).
Lately, the girls and I have been actively doing our part in being kinder to the environment. We try to remember our metal straws, reusable bottles, and cups when we leave home. We use reusable grocery bags and shop thrift when possible. We also just began using reusable food wrap and ditched the plastic wrap. Essentially, we try to be as eco-friendly as possible. We’re not perfect, but I always tell the girls every bit counts.
Bringing the girls to the Waste to Wonder exhibit was another way we took part in being kinder to the environment. Although we were simply checking it out, it was very educational and impactful. It opened up a conversation about environmental issues we never would have had otherwise.
About Waste to Wonder at Metropolis at Metrotown
The Waste to Wonder exhibit consists of five life-size sculptures of Canadian at-risk wildlife (the
narwhal, orca, bison, grizzly, and caribou), each of them made from recycled flip flops. More than
6,500 flip flops in total were used to make the sculptures, requiring 2,500+ hours of work by more
than two dozen artists.
Why Flip Flops?
“In recent years, hundreds of thousands of discarded pairs of the synthetic-rubber
sandals have been found worldwide in bodies of water and along shorelines. They often are made
with non-recyclable materials and contain chemicals that are harmful to humans, animals, and
plants. Ocean Sole Africa is a Kenya-based social enterprise that “upcycles” flip-flop waste and turns
it into animal art sculptures. Ocean Sole Africa handcrafted the custom Waste to Wonder exhibit, the
organization’s largest exhibit in the world to date. This and other Ocean Sole Africa projects not only
create beautiful works of art, but they also promote conversation about environmental issues, as well as
“Ocean Sole Africa is creating beautiful, important work that entertains people while also
encouraging them to think harder about our planet,” says Judy Black, Marketing Director for
Metropolis at Metrotown.
During the exhibit, each sculpture will be available for purchase through an online auction (minimum
bid: $5,000+). All proceeds will be donated to Variety – the Children’s Charity.
For more details, visit the auction kiosk at the exhibit or online at metropolisatmetrotown.com/event/waste-wonder.
Metropolis at Metrotown Waste to Wonder activities:
– a selfie station with an iconic Canadian beaver
-artist demo/meet & greet
-upcycle bracelet workshops
-upcycle Kiehl’s workshop
-plastics recycling drives
Visit metropolisatmetrotown.com/event/waste-wonder for more details.
Thank you, Metropolis at Metrotown for showcasing a one-of-a-kind art exhibit transforming flip flop pollution into life-size animal sculptures and for partnering with Styling The Inside on this post.