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Turning trash to treasure: Mt Everest litter becomes art

Last updated on: November 28, 2012 08:21 IST

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A visitor casts a shadow on the ground as she looks at art made from trash picked from Mount Everest at a visual art symposium in Kathmandu.

Fifteen Nepali artists closeted for a month with a heap of 1.5 metric tonnes (1.7 tonnes) of trash picked up from Mount Everest transformed the litter into art, creating 75 sculptures, including one of a yak and another of wind chimes, made from empty oxygen bottles, gas canisters, food cans, torn tents, ropes, crampons, boots, plates, twisted aluminium ladders and torn plastic bags dumped by climbers over decades on the slopes of the world's highest mountain.

Kripa Rana Shahi, director of art group Da Mind Tree, said the sculpting -- and a resulting recent exhibition in the Nepali capital of Kathmandu -- was aimed at spreading awareness about keeping Mount Everest clean.

Photograph: Stringer/Reuters

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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.

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