Art that renews public spaces: Recycled City

The seriousness of the problems caused by solid waste has motivated the creation of public and private initiatives that avoid the negative impact of the same. 

The green trend is a current movement, more palpable today than at all times. And it is that the problems associated with pollution and the use of natural resources are more frequent than in previous years. 

One of the many topics studied is that of solid waste pollution. In 2008, more than 6,000 tons of solid waste per day were produced in the country, according to data thrown by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of the Dominican Republic. A growing trend towards 2014 to be considered for its population growth, which went from 9 million 378 thousand inhabitants in 2010 to 10 million 280 thousand for the 2013 census. 

That is why in our country countless organizations, groups, professional groups and public and private institutions they propose to generate a social change from the reduction, reuse and recycling of materials that do not degrade naturally. 

The intention, commonly, is to diminish the negative impact that the excessive accumulation of these elements produces and to improve the quality of life of the human beings affected by the conditions that take place in contaminated communities.

Artistic mural of approximately 800 meters.

Caso: Recycled City

One of those programs aimed at the reduction and reuse of solid waste is Recycled City, coordinated by the Eduardo Leon Jimenes Cultural Center. Based on the principles of recycled art, Centro León organizes the intervention of murals in public and private schools in the country, together with students, parents, teachers and members of the closest community. 

With the guidance of professional artists, workshops are developed on solid waste collection and classification techniques and creativity development sessions are run to counteract the excess waste with the construction of an artistic mural that decorates and beautifies the community and the walls of the participating schools and colleges. 

Since 2009, Recycled City has impacted positively fourteen schools in Santiago and Santo Domingo through art and the generation of consciousness. 

The Don Bosco School in Santo Domingo is the last center operated by the program, where a mural of approximately 800 meters has been modified. Matilde Jiménez, professor of artistic education at the school, argues that this proposal has created a space to value teamwork, especially with the environmental issue. 

"We are advocating with the Eduardo León Jimenes Foundation to create young people who raise awareness about the use of waste and encourage the spontaneous participation of others, even if they do not have the necessary knowledge at the time, all in order to propose new social changes "Jiménez said about the project that integrated more than 30 students directly. 

Wali Vidal, one of the educating artists who participate in the workshops and advise on the elaboration of the artistic mural, indicated that working on this intervention has been a "pleasant, unique, powerful and impressive" experience. 

"You start with a wall from scratch, out of nothing, with which something is built; where you have the opportunity to be there from the first day with the students, design the sketches to organize the intervention, paint a space of large dimensions. We have done a great job in a short time; he enjoyed himself ", explains the artist. 

Recycled City It is one of the many manifestations that have the human ingenuity in favor of the care of the environment and collective welfare. The artistic mural of Don Bosco School has 24 designs in non-biodegradable materials, visible from the 27 Avenue in February of the Dominican capital. 

The spaces previously intervened by the program coordinated by Centro León are: Iberia Institute, Miguel De La Salle Brothers School, De La Salle Dominican School, Providence School, Lux Mundi School, Santiago Guzmán School, Babeque School, Popular Art School, Basic School of Pontezuela, Carol Morgan School, Teófilo de Jesús García School, Pontezuela Abajo School and Santiago Apóstol Children's Shelter.