African artist El Anatsui makes wall hangings out of recycled materials

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el anatsui
credit: Bonnie Alter

His main materials are "things that are easily overlooked, easily seen as rubbish".

The 9 woven panels are made entirely of garbage. Some sections are made from used printing plates announcing births, deaths and weddings. Squares of vibrant colours come from discarded roofing material. The aluminum bottle caps shimmer in the sunlight.

The panels weigh surprisingly little: 110 pounds each.

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