07.09.12

One man's trash is another man's...playground?

Artist Ruganzu Tusingwire is creating a movable playground for Ugandan children entirely out of recycled water bottles.

An artist and community organizer, Tusingwire has a...more imaginative idea for how to engage and empower the children of his home country: Play. Tusingwire became the first City 2.0 Award recipient of 2012 at the TEDxSummit in Doha, Qatar, where he pitched his plan to turn thousands of plastic water bottles into an amusement park where kids growing up in the slums can play and learn.

The seed for the amusement park was planted when Tusingwire got involved in eco-art as a student at Kyambogo University. He began meeting other local artists, and together, they made work out of a rampantly available and strikingly inexpensive material: garbage.

“Art is unifying,” Tusingwire explains. “We can use what is around us to create treasure, employment opportunities, and make the environment better. There is a wonderful world of possibilities before us.”

Play is not only the underlying theme of Tusingwire's project, dubbed "Recycled Amusement," but it's also the featured theme of TED's new City 2.0 initiative