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Turning Mount Everest Trash Into Treasure

An artist creates sculptures out of the garbage found on the mountain top.

Reuters

15 Nepali artists got up close and personal with the trash that litters Mount Everest. The team spent a month locked up with 1.7 tons of garbage, creating upwards of 75 sculptures. When they emerged, there were yaks, wind chimes made from empty oxygen bottles, and pieces created from torn tents, ropes, boots, and just about any other camping equipment you can imagine. The works were displayed in Kathmandu to raise awareness of litter.

Below, pictures of the art:

Art made from trash picked from Mount Everest are pictured at a visual art symposium in Kathmandu. (Reuters)
A visitor takes a closer look at art made from trash picked from Mount Everest at a visual art symposium in Kathmandu. (Reuters)
A visitor looks at gas canisters that were salvaged from trash picked from Mount Everest and made into prayer wheels during a visual art symposium in Kathmandu. (Reuters)
Art made from trash picked from Mount Everest are pictured at a visual art symposium in Kathmandu. (Reuters)
Art made from trash picked from Mount Everest are pictured at a visual art symposium in Kathmandu. (Reuters)

About the Author

  • Amanda Erickson is a former senior associate editor at CityLab.