One of the most iconic items on display at the 81st Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF), the 300-kilo horse sculpture made of old engines, scrap metal and car parts is a testament to the potential of recycling for transforming trash into treasure. The life-size horse sculpture, made by Spyros Kontoulis from Volos, was commissioned by the recycling company Aeiforos SA and set up outside the Thessaloniki Municipality’s pavilion for recycling and the urban environment.
According to Aeiforos sales director Anne Surville, the horse “is probably one of the most-photographed spots in this year’s fair, since many people stand next to ‘Kokkinis’ – as we named him – and pose for a photo.”
Surville said it was the second horse that Kontoulis had made for the company, using materials of his own choosing taken from scrap yards. Components of the specific sculpture include used shock absorbers, parts of old engines, spoons and other discarded domestic items and appliances.
“We wanted to send a message that recycling is not something boring but can be made into something beautiful, an art object,” she said.
Aeiforos is a subsidiary of “Sidenor,” a company that recycles metals and manages industrial wastes with facilities at Almyros and Nea Ionia, Thessaloniki, where the metallic sculpture is usually on display.
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