Simon Max Bannister

Waste artist

Simon Bannister's mantra is simple: reduce, reuse, recycle. Then transform the waste into something beautiful. Bannister spent three years as a graphic designer, but abandoned the corporate world for a more creative life. Then his love for the sea generated a new form of artistic expression � he uses the rubbish that pollutes the oceans as his inspiration. In 2010 he joined the 5 Gyres Institute, a non-profit organisation dedicated to understanding plastic pollution. This took him to Uruguay to study marine plastic pollution. One of his most successful exhibitions, Plastikos, is housed in the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town and consists of huge plastic sculptures that conjure up the battle against the "dragon of man-made pollution�. "I have made it my mission to transform the waste that I find into an art form, giving these objects new value and meaning and making them the story of my journey,� he says. � Sibongile Nkosi

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