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Virgin Trains ‘upcycles’ old timetables into artwork

Greenwise Staff
14th May 2011
A novel 'upcycling’ scheme has seen thousands of out of date train timetables and ticket wallets sculptured into artwork on display in Virgin Trains’ First Class Lounge at Manchester Piccadilly station.
Virgin Trains commissioned Manchester artist Adnan Bayyat to upcycle the scrap material into flower arrangements and swan displays. Adnan has also taken a couple of old and worn-out Virgin Trains uniforms and turned them into a wedding dress. Upcycling converts waste materials into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value.

"Adnan’s work is widely acclaimed and we are delighted that he had produced a range of stunning creations for all of our passengers using the First Class Lounge to enjoy," said Virgin Trains’ Station Manager for Manchester Karen Grimshaw. "The Lounge provides an ideal venue for Adnan to showcase his work and promotes a strong environmental message."

The artwork and dress are part of a joint initiative between Virgin Trains and Adnan to encourage the sustainable use of waste materials in a creative way and ties in with the artist’s 'The Solution to Pollution’ project.

"Many thousands of tonnes of printed materials end up in landfill every year, but that doesn’t have to be the case," said Bayyat.

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Virgin Trains ‘upcycles’ old timetables into artwork
Manchester artist Adnan Bayyat's vase and flower display made out of old Virgin train timetables
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