Muscat: When young minds get together to chalk out green ideas, the environment surely stands to gain. AIESEC, the world's largest student-run organisation, has collaborated with Muscat-based artist Ibrahim Gailani to initiate an artistic Go Green project to create awareness in Omani society on environmental issues.
AIESEC is an international platform for young people to explore and develop their leadership potential in order to make a positive impact on the society.
This summer, the Go Green project focuses on the theme 'recycling plastic'. Students from Holland, Serbia, Bahrain and Oman organise different events around this theme.
One of these events will take place on August 22, when Gailani will guide the students through the process of transforming waste into art.
This event will take place at Sultan Qaboos University in the Students Camp, Block-A of the campus, from 11am to 5pm with an hour's break for Friday prayers.
For four hours, a group of 70 students will engage in an artistic retreat. Together, they will experience the power of creativity and give waste a second chance.
For Gailani, who often paints a dialogue on social issues, this was an important collaboration for two reasons.
"First of all, it gives a platform to raise the issue of recycling to a larger group using the aesthetics of creating art through trash, and secondly, it deals with the student population because they are future for change," Gailani said.
Both Gailani and the Go-Green Initiative team met at his studio to plan their collaboration. The 70 students will be divided equally into 10 groups and each will be given one environmental issue as a theme, such as 'cleaning the beaches,' or 'plastic waste at wadis'.
They will be given recycled material collected along with art supplies to create a piece of sculpture in four hours.
Customised music has also been designed for this activity. "I've focused on serene sounds of the ocean and the environment. This is followed by dramatic trance and loud music indicating environmental destruction to get the students charged up," stated Gailani.
On August 24, the artwork will be exhibited at the Muscat City Centre.