A Sarratt man has managed to turn items collected from litter picking sessions around the village into hundreds of creative and beautiful pieces of mosaic art.
Michael Groom is a retired financial officer who began his artmaking when he also began picking up rubbish around the village in 2018. Within three years, he had collected more than 15,000 cans and bottles, and other items.
With all this waste, he decided to put some of it to use, and began to create mosaic artwork out of the refuse, and from there things have only grown more and more, with him producing around 500 pieces so far.
Talking about his process to CROXLEYnews, Michael said: “I only use recycled stuff, initially whatever came out of ours and our neighbour’s gardens and whatever I found walking around the local area.
“Today I collect bits from rivers, skips, recycling centres, locals who donate broken crocks, etc. I do not purchase items to break, I do not break anything unless its broken already, all materials must be thrown away rubbish.”
Since beginning, Michael art has been displayed in a gallery in Oxfordshire and sold to raise funds for charity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
He has also been commissioned to make several special pieces, including this one, Peace of Dove, made from the cherished cup and saucer of a deceased man, an idea that came from his family.
To find out more about Michael’s work or enquire with him about some artwork, he can be contacted at email@example.com.