Credit: Kris Meaden

Eighty years after Mount Rushmore, Cornwall has its own version: Mount Recyclemore.

What looks like a miniature replica of the colossal, historical sculpture in South Dakota is constructed from electronic waste and scrap metal – the artistic effort of London-born sculptor Joe Rush.

Ahead of the G7 summit this weekend, Joe was commissioned by musicMagpie, the mobile recycling service, to greet the visiting world leaders with a reflection of what’s at stake and with their own contemporary, Mount Rushmore-esque portraitures.

‘Mount Recyclemore’ in the works                                                      Image: Greg Martin/Cornwall Live

The (re)inventive sculpture was erected across the water from the Carbis Bay Hotel where the summit will take place, featuring the busts of G7 leaders: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, France’s president Emmanuel Macron, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Joe Biden.

“We have this looking at them and hopefully we’re going to prick their conscience and make them realise they’re all together in this waste business,” Rush told the BBC. He hopes this will inspire and demonstrate to leaders that almost everything can be reused or recycled if we put our heads together.

Mount Recyclemore joins the eco-art activism ranks of Bristol Whales by Sue Lipscombe and works by Dianna Cohen, including Ocean of Plastic, a vivid collage of plastic bags.

While the locals and visitors in Cornwall are amazed with Mount Recyclemore, with more and more pictures emerging on social media, none of the featured leaders have made any remarks or observations yet.

President Joe Biden is expected to arrive in the town today. If jetlag doesn’t discourage him, he might be the first of the G7 leaders to get a glimpse of his face on the scrap metal mountain.