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E Wonder Tree

Concept Note

Waste from electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE or e-waste) is one of the largest growing waste streams in the world. The Combined Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of e-waste generation is estimated at 30%. According to Global E-Waste Monitor 44.7 million metric tonnes of e-waste was produced in 2016. This is an equivalent of almost 4,500 Eiffel towers. India is the fourth largest producing country of e-waste and generated nearly 2 million tonnes in 2016. Only 20% of the e-waste of global e-waste is recycled and in India less than 2% of e-waste is responsibly recycled through formal channels. How do we as consumers take charge of our lifestyles and tackle the issues of severe health and environmental impacts resulting from manual recycling operations of E-waste!

Where is your e-waste! Where have they gone for their last rites or do they lie dead as junk in your homes! From such 100 odd collected pieces of electronic waste we have created a tree, each piece stitched and suspended individually with care. The tree here is a symbol of life, a metaphor for the environment whose resources we consume every day, also as a symbol for Christmas and the spirit of loving and giving. Together as in the tree if we pledge to donate our e-waste for proper recycling, we can contribute to the safekeeping of the environment and prevent its further unsustainable depletion. This artistic installation is an attempt through art to bring your notice to this fast-accelerating environmental issue and appeal to you to give away your e-waste for proper recycling. After dismantling the e-waste making this tree too would be sent for recycling.

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Installation Concept: Artsforward
Creative Execution: Tushar Kanti Pradhan supported by Uttam Maity, Manas Maity, Manik Tudu, Prasenjit Sarkar
PRO Partner: Karo Sambhav Pvt Ltd
Commissioned by: Novotel Kolkata

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