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Atop a hill above Jbeil there is an old factory full of trash – bottle caps, cans, abandoned toys, bolts, scraps of cloth, wood and metal, bone.Paulette Touma-Eid – creator of "Cloud to Ground," the pop-can woman – won first prize in the "Age of Recycling" competition, hosted by the Modern and Contemporary Art Museum, or MACAM.Touma-Eid has consistently used recycled materials since she started sculpting three years ago. The founder of MACAM, Nammour has been a prominent figure in Lebanese art scene for decades as a writer, critic and curator. "The Age of Recycling" also resonates with the garbage crisis that has gripped Lebanon for a year. Recycled art does not necessarily imply repurposed trash.Upcycled art – made from repurposed material – has grown in popularity with the success of works by artists like Brazilian-born Vik Muniz but, according to Charara, it is not always accepted by a wider audience. This is perhaps because recycled art still comes with a challenge of overcoming low expectations.
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