Environmental stewardship inspires new artwork commissioned by City of Regina


Like the new Education Hall just steps away, a new artwork commissioned by the City of Regina offers an immersive and interactive experience that aims to inspire viewers to take better care of the environment .

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“When you see plastic on fields, in different places in the world, it’s a bit of inspiration,” said artist Bruno Hernani of his new piece, which hangs at the entrance to the center.

“My inspiration was to see how we can transform this and how we can empower ourselves to make a change. Instead of seeing plastic in the environment, we may see a living wheat field or any type of living organism. »

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The artwork, which displays sweeping views of the prairies with a realistic sky and a lone grain silo towering against the sun, was made in part from recycled wood and plastic water bottles.

Hernani says he envisioned a field not only free of plastic, but a framework that gives this waste a new use. This is where the interactivity of the room comes into play.

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As Hernani described it, “Sliding crank mechanisms driven by magnetic pendulums generate random movement on grass made from recyclable plastic bottles.”

“The idea was to integrate a lot of my interests as an artist and also in my personal life,” said Hernani, who is an engineer.

The techniques for creating the installation included carpentry, 3D printing, craftsmanship and lighting.

Hernani, who has also led art workshops focused on using recycled materials, said he hopes children will be inspired by the artwork when they visit the new education room during excursions and outings.

Hernani’s artwork hangs at the entrance to the city of Regina’s new waste management centre.

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