WEEE man gets a makeover

October 19, 2009
Author: Hannah


This is a picture of a crane lowering the WEEE man's grimacing head back on to his seven-metre body following a major refit.

With teeth of mice, ears of satellite dishes and a brain of computer parts, WEEE man is a three-tonne structure which represents the amount of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) the average British person throws away in their lifetime.

His creator, contemporary artist Paul Bonomini, has given him a makeover, refitting mobile phones, mp3 players, lawn mowers and the like to represent his bones and sinews.

Says Paul: “I designed him to look like he’s dragging himself out of landfill, coming back from the dead. He’s there to remind us of this monster that we’re creating when we dump these goods rather than recycle them.”

Since the sculpture was installed here in 2005, the UK Government has introduced legislation that makes producers responsible for appliances at the end of their lives – and encourages them to design products which last longer.

So far, the regulation has seen over 850,000 tonnes of WEEE collected for refurbishment and recycling.

If you're coming to Eden, you can't miss WEEE man, he sits towards the centre of the site and you'll spot him as you walk down the steps towards the Biomes.

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