May 16, 2018 / 2:31 PM / 11 days ago

Old tyres find new life in hands of Moroccan artist

MARRAKECH, May 16 (Reuters) - In his home in Marrakech, artist Lahcen Iwi brings out a cutter and gets to work, slicing up squares of used tyres to craft his sculptures.

From dragons to unicorns, Iwi creates his artwork out of tyres he collects from landfill sites and scrapyards.

The Moroccan artist believes that there is something noble in recycling tyres, “injecting art” into an object that would otherwise be harmful to the environment.

“It is a good message for humanity,” he said.

A single sculpture can take Iwi anything from a week to two months to make.

He sells his art and previous works have gone on display in exhibitions in France.

Writing by Hend Kortam Editing by Alison Williams

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