Eco-friendly art in Brazil

2015-03-25 20:12


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Sao Paolo - A designer in Sao Paolo turns fallen trees into outdoor furniture for the city's streets and parks.

Cool, eco-friendly art with a purpose. When the city of Sao Paolo was looking for a way to reuse fallen trees, artist Hugo Franca answered the call by transforming the debris into massive benches and equipment for the city's parks and plazas.

Artist Hugo Franca said, "we worked with the city and made use of all the waste in the urban area, and through this process worked the wood, the tree, keeping its shape, the organic formation and textures, and with this created a sculptured piece of furniture using all the residue in the city of Sao Paulo."

Franca cuts them to shape using a chainsaw and sands them down and varnishes them to protect the wood.

The works of art are being used throughout the city and it looks like residents approve of the project.

"Well it fell, right? Because of the rain. And them putting it here, at least it has a use. You've got the kids playing on it over there. And those of us walking around here can sit down for a bit and rest," said Sao Paulo resident Francisca da Silva.

There's still plenty of wood to keep Franca busy ... More than 1 700 trees were knocked down during the city's rainy season.

Check some the artwork below.

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