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Benches to be made out of cans in Paphos

Six benches are to be made out of tin cans as part of the ‘Pafos 2017’ cultural capital’s environment programme, according to Artistic Director Georgia Doetzer.

In an interview with CNA, Doetzer said that every European Cultural Capital clearly aimed at activating and involving the public, not only in cultural events, but also in more general issues concerning culture, such as the landscape, the environment and development.

She referred to the project ‘Park In’, where schools adopt and take care of parks in the town, as well as the programme ‘Art in Action’ for social involvement in the projects, which includes a series of interventions with the aim of changing the image of the area and the environment in a positive way.

‘Project ReBench’ is also a main feature, she said. In will involve cans being reused for the creation and installation of six benches in various public places.

Doetzer said artist Michalis Papamichael, who has for many years been involved in the transformation of waste products, will be participating in the bench project. Papamichael uses tin cans, which he turns into works of art.

The benches will be placed, with the participation and involvement of Paphos schools, in open public areas in 2016 and 2017.

Doetzer said the European Cultural Capital was an opportunity and catalyst for great changes in the lives of the people of Paphos.

“The philosophy… aims at helping everyone to understand and change the way of thinking and living, and in this context we are sure that much will change over the next few years regarding the environment and the significance of recycling in our everyday lives, on many levels, not only the ecological one,” she said. (CNA)

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