ArteCircolare: Toshi High School Awarded for Recycled Plastic Works – Photo – Photo 1 of 5

SER, a company from Salsomaggiore Terme (Sirmax Group), specialized in the recycling of selected plastics from separate waste collection, has given life to the #ArteCircolare project, which aims to create a bridge between industrial reality and schools in the Parma area and raise awareness among the younger generation about the problems of plastic and circular economy.

The #ArteCircolare was attended by about 40 third and fourth grade students from the Tosca art school in Parma, who created 13 artistic sketches on the theme of “Regeneration and Rebirth” by recycling plastic materials. Of the 11 sketches, about 30 centimeters high, four were selected, which later became sculptures made of terracotta and recycled plastic pellets or flakes of about 60 centimeters. The four winning sculptures received recognition and a cash prize this morning during a ceremony held at the Toschi Auditorium. The works were awarded on a parity basis by a commission consisting of the director, Professor Roberto Pettenati, prof. Fausto Beretti, Alberto Restelli, Danilo Cassano and Michela Manganelli, SER Human Resources Coordinator, and Leonardo Forner, Sirmax Group Marketing and Promotion Manager.

“First of all, we are proud that a company as important as SER in Salsomaggiore and a large group like Sirmax decided to reach out to the girls and boys from Tosca to fill their project with content,” said Roberto Pettenati, head of the art school Parma. I thank them for their trust in us. Our task was to translate the thoughts, fears and hopes of people in front of the problem of plasticity into images and symbols: works should cause criticism, surprise, admiration or irritation, but they should not leave us indifferent In short, we experimented with art as with a social provocation: evoking emotion, to make the public think, an invitation from SER-Sirmax and professors Beretti, Toniato and Zacconi, who made the work possible with their commitment.”

“The idea for the #ArteCircolare project was born to raise awareness among young people about the issues of recovery and recycling of waste plastic materials,” added Michela Manganelli, Human Resources Coordinator for SER, Salsomaggiore Terme of the Sirmax Group, which promoted and sponsored the project -. The Sirmax Group has always encouraged local action to inform what it produces and how it produces it; Today, more than ever, we believe it is essential to engage the Territory in the circular economy and refining plastic, which, in times of raw material shortage, can and should be reused and turned into something durable, for a more sustainable and intelligent environment in which we live.”

The prize awarded is 2,500 euros, of which 1,500 are for the purchase of educational materials and the remaining 1,000 were divided among the four winning entries. Four sculptures from the #ArteCircolare project were exhibited at the recent Green Past fair, which took place in Milan from 3 to 6 May last year and was a great success with visitors. After this morning’s awards ceremony, the works will be installed inside the SER, in Salsomaggiore Terme, on the exhibition track in the company’s premises.


Hope. Sabrina Miron (III B, Visual Arts) presented the human figure, which, in a continuous stream through the heart, transforms waste material, giving a new possibility to what seemed not to be. With this sculpture, made entirely of terracotta, Sabrina wanted to convey that through reason and compassion, a person can turn waste into an object that can still serve a useful function for everyone.

Phoenix. Rebecca Karabet (III B, Visual Arts) depicted in terracotta a phoenix, a mythological animal reborn from its own ashes. The bird is about to spread its wings and take off, be reborn. Rebecca glued plastic beads of different colors to the base to convey the idea of ​​regeneration. In this sculpture, he wanted to express the ability to withstand the adversity that plastic has created in recent years, with the knowledge that it can be regenerated and transformed in the same way that Phoenix does.

The grace of resurrection. The sculpture by Annamaria Parshina (III B, Visual Arts) depicts a standing girl in a long dress, holding a red plastic flower in her hand. At the base of the dress are red plastic granules that give the impression that a figure is being born from them. With this work, Annamaria wanted to depict the transformation of a waste element that can be regenerated in an elegant and easy way.

Blooming plastic. Maddalena Aliani, Leonardo Bolzoni, Asia Brandiani, Deborah Comani and Giulia Roncani (IV A, Fine Art) created a sculpture in painted terracotta, metal and recycled plastic pellets depicting a plant, a symbol of rebirth. Wood comes from a pile of plastic waste that is the raw material for SER-Sirmax. The trunk is made from black-painted terracotta and vinyl adhesive to recreate the effect of melted plastic, while the leaves and flowers are made from recycled plastic flakes and pellets. Through this work, IV A students wanted to express the importance of seeing opportunity even where others see only losses.

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