In pics: West African artist paints optical effects artworks with used flip-flops

Aristide Kouame, a resident of Ivory Coast, West Africa, paints optical effects artworks with worn soles, holds used flip-flops picked

Published on Aug 13, 2021 04:30 PM IST 7 Photos

Kouame's works range from large portraits of civil rights and political leaders such as Nelson Mandela to abstracts evoking societal ills including climate change, Covid-19 and wealth inequality.(Instagram/@aristide_kouame_peintre)

Aristide Kouame, 26, transforms the flotsam into artworks valued at up to $1,000 by cutting the rubber and plastic soles into pieces that he assembles into large collages.(REUTERS)

"This is the rubbish people have thrown into the sea and the sea brings it back to us because it doesn't want it," Kouame told Reuters.(REUTERS)


Kouame's technique is both inexpensive and ecologically aware. (REUTERS)

According to the United Nations, around 13 million tonnes of plastic waste are dumped into the world's oceans every year. (REUTERS)