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Artist Wastes No Time Celebrating University's 21st Anniversary

Kedleston Road campus 504x257 Artist Wastes No Time Celebrating University's 21st Anniversary

Date posted: 10 June 2013

A University of Derby cleaner turned artist recently transformed corporate waste into a giant sustainable 'birthday cake', as part of the institutions 21st birthday celebrations.

Del Coombs, 67, created the birthday sculpture at the University's Kedleston Road site in the lower Atrium using modular blocks of polystyrene waste from old computer hardware packing to recreate the main University site.

The three hour artistic process was captured by Steve Taylor, a Faculty Manager at the University, who used a high-definition video camera to create a stop frame animation of Del's work.

Del said: "The installation reflects the sustainable development of the University and its eco-friendly approach to maintaining the physical environment over the course of the last 21 years.

"The project has also allowed me to continue to explore the themes of obsession and repetition in a way which engages people, and uses waste creatively to provoke thought."

Del also supported Derby's 'Go Green Week' in February (2013), where the equivalent waste materials from a day across the Kedleston Road site were used for a display in the Atrium.

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