Black Copper Slag Artwork
COPPER SLAG - UNUSUAL MATERIAL FOR ART WORKS
A RECYCLED NATURAL PRODUCT
Copper slag is a stony waste matter separated from metals during smelting or refining of copper ore. It contains materials like iron, alumina, calcium oxide, silica, and others. For every ton of metal produced about 2.2 tons of slag is generated. Dumping or disposal of such huge quantities of slag cause environmental and space problems. During the past two decades’ attempts have been made by several researchers and copper producing units all over the world to explore the possible utilization of copper slag. The favorable physical-mechanical characteristics of copper slag predestines it to make products like cement, filler, ballast, abrasive aggregate, roofing granules, glass, tiles etc. allowing to recover the valuable metals by various extractive metallurgical routes.
I discovered a source of this material in Leyte during my visits of Calamity/Aid projects supported by the Swiss Government. This black-silver shiny material is ideal as a base for Art Works. The color and the structure of slag is an outstanding recycled material. By using slag, acrylic paint, and natural recycled products, I create a new dimension of mixed media Art combination.
By creating Art Works, I can bring some of this recycled material to a different form of live.
“FROM TRASH TO ART IN USING COPPER SLAG”