Recyclable Monsters

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On the 30th of March, the eve of Nyepi (also known as the day of silence) the people of Bali celebrate their new year. A large festival takes place every year in almost every village in Bali, the name of the event is Pengrupukan night. The normal tradition always includes what is called ogoh ogoh’s. They are large monster/devil looking art sculptures made to walk down the street on the night of the festival and eventually be burned to release the bad spirits. These monsters can range up to 20 ft high and are generally made out of wood, bamboo, paper, and styrofoam, so they are easy to be lifted and paraded. With the development of technology and materials, people prefer using styrofoam because of its light weight and easiness to be carved . But when these materials are used, they are not disposed off well and leave a massive toll on the environment, especially when they are burnt.

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Lately, the Green School has taken the initiative to create their own ogoh ogohs, with kids from every grade making their own. The only difference between the school’s ogoh ogoh’s and the rest of Bali’s is that we are building ours from sustainable materials. Instead of Forrest wood, new paper, glue (used for the paper mache) and styrofoam, the school is using old newspapers, a naturally made sticky substance and bamboo. The team building the sculpture has said this has been working well and when they burn it at the festival there will be no environmental repercussions.

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My name is Oscar O’Shea. I am a 16 year old from Australia and now live in Bali Indonesia, I have been living here for two and a half years and am lucky enough to go to the Greenschool which is an international school located in sibang kaja. I enjoy surfing, film making and doing new things!

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