ISTANBUL, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- A Turkish artist has recently transformed a wide range of waste materials collected at Istanbul Airport into artworks, the airport management said Thursday in a press release.
The waste materials altered by the artist named Deniz Sagdic included various plastic containers and bags, numerous buttons of all colors, paper pieces, cables, and batteries abandoned by people at the airport.
She completed 20 portraits with characteristics of various nationalities by using these wastes collected by Istanbul Airport's Waste Management Center.
The pieces were put on display by Istanbul Airport in line with the management's dedication to reserving more space for innovative art at the terminal.
The display aims to inspire visitors about eco-friendly lifestyle and raise awareness on sustainability and recycling, the release noted.
"Passengers who pass by the areas where the works are exhibited perceive the art pieces as oil paintings from distant" until a close look that reveals they are made of scrap, Sagdic said. ■