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The Weee Man at Eden Pic: Ben Foster

Weee'll Be Back

One of the most striking and popular pieces of environmental artwork has found its new permanent home at Cornwall's Eden Project. The Weee Man is a seven metre tall robot.

When you next travel to Eden's biomes, be prepared for a futuristic surprise.

The attraction is to become the permanent home of a unique piece of environmental art.

The Weeeman by the biomes
The Weee Man stands at seven foot tall

The Weeeman is a seven metre high robot made up of old washing machines, computer mice, TVs and a vast array of other electrical goods.

WEEE stands for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment.

The robot visited Eden last year, and has also been seen on the banks of The Thames in London, and the Waterfront Square in Bristol

The sculpture, which will stand in front of the Warm Temperate Biome, is made up of the amount the average UK citizen will throw away in their lifetime.

Currently most of it goes into landfill but the EU's WEEE Directive will force manufacturers and retailers to recycle their old electricals. The directive was agreed in 2003 and is due to enter UK law on July 1 2007.

Here's looking at you!
It is made up of old electrical items

Electrical equipment is the fastest growing category of rubbish in the EU and the UK alone generates one million tonnes of it every year.

WEEE Man was created by renowned contemporary artist Paul Bonomini and is a collaboration between the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, and Canon Europe.

"People are throwing out far too much and something has to change," explains Dan Ryan, Eden’s Waste Neutral Public Education Co-ordinator.

"To bring this critical waste of resources to the public attention Eden is bringing WEEE Man home. The hulking figure is a powerful symbol of the environmental consequences of our ultra-consuming habits."

Look out for the Weee Man which becomes a permanent part of the Eden Project this Winter.

last updated: 30/11/06
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