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Recycling Sculpture @ Market Square

Funded on Spacehive 4 August 2021 Delivered 21 February 2023

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Recycling Sculpture @ Market Square

Recycling Sculpture @ Market Square

Sunderland BID By Sunderland BID

A plan to create an engaging, unique and fun piece of art with a highly practical and environmental element – that’s the thinking behind Sunderland’s recycling sculpture.

Sunderland Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 04 Aug 2021!

The aim is to install in the city centre an interactive vending machine which, rather than give items out, will collect products which can then be recycled, with a visual “reward” for the person who contributes. Along with becoming a local visitor attraction – and so boosting the economy with visitors deciding to spend more time in the city – it will also prove an excellent educational tool to teach young people about the need to recycle. Explaining to them from an early age about the importance of this process can help create behaviour and a sense of responsibility which hopefully will be a life lesson. The machine will have different slots for different kinds of products ie plastic, glass and metal which are particularly relevant in a city centre where people may be walking around with bottles or cans of drinks.

What we'll deliver:

  • Hire a company to build the recycling sculpture
  • Production of the sculpture
  • Installation of the sculpture
  • Maintenance of the sculpture

Why it's a great idea:

The project will bring with it a range of benefits, from creating a piece which will be interactive and exciting, as well as serving a wider purpose in engaging with the local community and visitors to the city centre. At the same time it will also help to educate people in a fun and positive way in the importance of recycling and how easy it is to do.

Steps to get it done:

  • Hire a company to build a recycling sculpture
  • Recycling sculpture design sign off
  • Recycling sculpture production
  • Recycling sculpture installation

Location Sunderland

About the space

Market Square, Sunderland


Sunderland City Council

How will the money be spent?Total £3,484

Recycling sculpture - £3,250 (93%)
Other - £234 (7%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Recycling sculpture
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT

Total £3,484

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