Flip-flops recycled into B.C. wildlife on display at Metrotown

Waste to Wonder is an exhibit that features life-size sculptures of Canadian at-risk wildlife—each made from recycled flip flops.

The five sculptures will be on display in the Grand Court of Metropolis at Metrotown Aug. 8-Sept 8. The at-risk wildlife includes the narwhal, orca, bison, grizzly, and caribou.

Find out more below.

The Waste to Wonder project is the brainchild of Ocean Sole Africa, a Kenya-based social enterprise. More than 6,500 flip flops were used to make the sculptures, requiring 2,500+ hours of work by more than two dozen artists.  It marks Ocean Sole’s largest exhibit in the world.

In addition to the display, Ocean Sole is offering the opportunity to meet one of its artists/representatives. The Aug. 8 afternoon event is for all ages; a maximum of 100 spots are available for the meet and greet, with a limit of two participants per attendee registration. All visitors who participate in this event will receive a souvenir and a photo with the Ocean Sole artist. Registration begins Aug. 6 here.

Ocean Sole Africa is dedicated to upcycling flip-flop waste into animal art sculptures. This and other Ocean Sole Africa projects meant to not only create beautiful works of art, they promote conversation about environmental issues.

The display is located at Metropolis at Metrotown Grand Court, 4700 Kingsway, Burnaby; Lower Level, near T&T Supermarket and Toys ‘R Us.

For more info visit metropolismetrotown.com.

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