• Adelaide Convention Centre & Newday Leadership bring thought-provoking ‘Wasteland Renewed’ display to Adelaide
  • Spectacular large-scale installation comprises nearly 900 suspended orange spheres made from orange peel powder and 120 kilograms of plastic marine debris from the Great Barrier Reef
  • Installation delivers strong message of sustainability, highlighting two of our world’s greatest problems: plastic pollution and food waste
  • Wasteland Renewed will be on display at the Adelaide Convention Centre through December 2021
  • Full details at adelaidecc.com.au/wastelandrenewed

ADELAIDE, South Australia (31 August, 2021) – Visitors to the Adelaide Convention Centre are being challenged to think about two of the world’s most urgent problems—plastic pollution and food waste—as well as their own consumption and contributions to the circular economy following the installation of Wasteland Renewed, a striking large-scale artwork on display in the venue’s Central Building.

The masterpiece by artist Danling Xiao (Mundane Matters), comprises nearly 900 suspended orange spheres made from 120 kilograms of plastic marine debris collected from the Great Barrier Reef. The installation, which will be on display at the Convention Centre until December, has been brought to Adelaide audiences by the Adelaide Convention Centre in partnership with Newday Leadership. (To view a short video on the making of ‘Wasteland Renewed’, please click here).

“Wasteland Renewed not only complements our city’s environmental leadership, but perfectly aligns with the Adelaide Convention Centre’s own sustainability initiatives,” says Simon Burgess, General Manager, Adelaide Convention Centre.

“In 2018, we proudly became the world’s first convention centre to achieve EarthCheck’s Platinum certification for best practice in business and environmental sustainability. We’re now well on our way to Master status, which reflects a 15 year commitment to the global EarthCheck program.”

Connecting to the central themes of Wasteland Renewed, fighting food waste and waging the war on plastic continue to be key focuses at the Convention Centre. To date, the venue’s commitment to food redistribution has resulted in more than 180,000 individual meals being donated to Foodbank SA and OzHarvest. The Adelaide Convention Centre has also been proudly waging the war on plastic for more than eight years, using fully biodegradable and compostable cups and lids for both hot and cold drinks long before it became standard practice in South Australia.

“Wasteland Renewed provides us with a fantastic opportunity to further share the sustainability message with our visitors, and encourage them to also reuse, reduce and recycle,” adds Burgess.

This sentiment is echoed by Matthew Wright-Simon, co-director of Newday Leadership, who worked closely with the Adelaide Convention Centre team to bring Wasteland Renewed to South Australia, following a brief display in Sydney. Unique to the Adelaide installation, the suspended spheres that make up the display contain hundreds of hidden purposeful pledges, contributed by members of the Newday Leadership community.

“Wasteland Renewed serves to inspire each of us to consider our own consumption behaviours, and how we might contribute to the circular economy,” comments Matthew Wright-Simon.

“In July, people attending our Newday summit on ‘Purposeful Leadership’ at the Adelaide Convention Centre were asked to think about a change they wanted to lead for people and the planet, and to write it down on a small piece of paper. As we installed Wasteland Renewed, these purposeful pledges were placed inside the orange spheres. Anyone who is inspired by this can participate by submitting their own pledge via the Adelaide Convention Centre’s webpage,” Wright-Simon adds.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, viewing of the installation is currently only available by appointment. Interested parties can book via the Adelaide Convention Centre website.

The Adelaide Convention Centre and Newday Leadership teams are also working with a range of communities and local schools to provide opportunity for them to visit the installation and learn more about its message of sustainability.

“Great art inspires people – doubly so when the art is inspired by nature. Wasteland Renewed celebrates creative approaches to the circular economy that embrace our human ability to collaborate. What we have done with Danling, the artist, and our partners at the Adelaide Convention Centre, demonstrates the ‘inspired leadership for the greater good’ that is the work of Newday Leadership,” adds Wright-Simon.

For more information on how you can view the installation or to submit your own ‘Purposeful Pledge’, visit adelaidecc.com.au/wastelandrenewed.

Adelaide Convention Centre and Newday Leadership extend their thanks to the following supporting partners who also made Wasteland Renewed possible: Green Industries SA; City of Adelaide; Adelaide Expo Hire; Nippy’s; BioBag; Cleanaway; and BIN SHIFT.

Visit: adelaidecc.com.au/wastelandrenewed
Follow: #wastelandrenewed

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