Giant sculpture made of waste
The WEEE Man is a 3.3-tonne structure which represents the amount of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) the average British household throws away in a lifetime.
At seven metres high, his grimacing head towers over the Eden Project outdoor gardens. Mobile phones, mp3 players, lawn mowers and the like make up his bones and sinews; his teeth are computer mice; his ears are satellite dishes; and his brain is built from computer parts.
Why build a man of WEEE?
The RSA and Canon Europe commissioned the sculpture to raise awareness of how much electrical waste we get through in the UK.
His creator, contemporary artist Paul Bonomini says: “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 at Eden 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.
What's the sculpture made of?
What you see in the WEEE Man is more or less what one household gets through in a lifetime. We measured it by weight, looked at which items we could get hold of, then added a bit of artistic license. Artist Paul Bonomini put the sculpture together using the following items.
Click on the image below to see a full-size version.