Coya supports sustainability with recycled art

Peruvian restaurant's first CSR initiative includes Sebastiao Salgado's Genesis

Sebastião Salgado's Genesis project
Sebastião Salgado's Genesis project

Coya Dubai has launched its first CSR initiative to promote sustainability in collaboration with Artspace. The Peruvian restaurant will showcase its first public recycled art display by Ocean Sole and a photographic project ‘Genesis’ by the Brazilian photojournalist Sebastião Salgado.

Ocean Sole is a collection of colourful and handcrafted animal sculptures, which conveys a message about marine conservation. It also emphasises the importance of recycling and shows the possibilities of using recycled and alternative materials in design.

Each artistic piece is created with 100% recycled flip-flops, a symbolic medium representing its hazardous qualities to marine wildlife.

The foundation of Ocean Sole also raises awareness to the emerging field of sustainable entrepreneurship as each piece highlights the creativity and resourcefulness of the artists, who hail from the coastal communities of Africa, and their efforts to improve their lives through the re-appropriation of other peoples’ garbage.

The restaurant will also showcase award-winning photographer Sebastião Salgado’s Genesis project. It comprises a series of photographs across landscape, wildlife and indigenous human communities that continue to live in accordance with their ancestral traditions and cultures, captured during a 30 trip expedition in extreme conditions between 2004 and 2011. He said: “Some 46% of the planet is still as it was in the time of genesis. We must preserve what exists.”

Coya Dubai will showcase his compiled work to visitors, raising awareness to the emblematic message of the piece; reversing the damage done to earth, and driving the importance of preserving it for the future.

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