With the continuing enforced closure of Nantwich Museum due to the Covid-19 pandemic it has not been possible to install its scheduled temporary exhibition: ‘Reincarnated Rubbish – Endangered and Extinct’, an inspired exhibition by creative recycling artist Val Hunt. Elements of the exhibition have, however, been made available on the Museum’s website.
The artwork employs ingenuity, humour and skill to create a fascinating and inspiring selection of sculptural pieces which will appeal to visitors of all ages. Animals including insects, exotic birds, fish and dinosaurs, all on the edge or now extinct, have been made from a selection of throw away materials, especially Val’s favourite medium, drinks can metal. The online exhibition presents some of the animals it was originally intended to display making a subtle message about recycling and preservation, raising awareness of why the creatures are endangered or extinct. Find out why species are disappearing from this planet at an alarming rate. The exhibition aims to inspire, inform and encourage everyone to experience the fun of creative recycling.
Val retrieves everyday things we throw away and presents them in a new and fascinating dimension. Her work recycles a diverse selection of rubbish from which she creates innovated sculptures, wall hangings, hats and jewellery.
It has been shown in exhibitions around the U.K., Denmark, Japan, United Emirates, U.S.A. and has toured overseas with the British Council. She has worked in many permanent collections. Val won the Gold Award for specialist media in the Craft and Design magazine awards in 2014 and was runner-up in 2013.
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