The artist sources the materials from around his Manila neighbourhood or through donations from contacts he has made since launching his environmental campaign.
I make these artworks to raise awareness so we can fight against the trash in our area, to make us more responsible in how we dispose of our trash, and to make us aware of where our trash goesGilbert Angeles, Filipino artist
Angeles remembers being spurred on to take up the project after seeing a news report about the Philippines being one of the top contributors of plastic waste.
The Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and China account for around 60 per cent of the world’s marine plastic, or 8 million tonnes annually, according to a 2017 report from the Ocean Conservancy and the McKinsey Center for Business and Environment.
Angeles’ artwork has since been shown in galleries, with paintings selling for around $600 to $3,000, depending on the size. Part of the proceeds goes to his environmental group, Green Artz, which encourages artists to use recycled waste in their work.
“I love the fact that it gives us hope,” said Linda Pecoraro, general manager of Conrad Hotel, where Angeles’ work is being exhibited.
“It’s got beautiful colours and recycled plastic, repurposing things that damage our environment and making them beautiful.”