The Ecoart Projects

Ruganzu Bruno Tusingwire is the founder of Ecoart Uganda.

Play is a neglected and essential component of urban life for kids and, of course, adults too. Play is inextricably linked with health, creativity and innovation. Thus at Ecoart, we build recycled playgrounds out of waste to engage children in creative thinking and problem solving where by they design and make their own playgrounds. 

Ecoart Uganda is an environmental awareness art platform that goes beyond activism to create positive social change within communities by turning waste (garbage) into useful things. These materials—such as plastics and tyres—are harmful to nature and do not decompose. We have transformed them into such things as playgrounds for children who live in slums and cannot otherwise access play.

Most notably, we’ve built play-spaces in the US at  Brightwalk, Acholi quarters-Kampala. In all the playgrounds, children are immensely involved in the building and designing thus sense of ownership is reated in the process.

Among the recent project is Ubuntu Nest installation- a commissioned interactive sculpture at the Seoul International Handmade Fair 2017, South Korea. Garbage Heroes, in which we went to Kampala’s largest dumping site and involved the people that work there in an Inside Out initiated by fellow TED Prize winner JR from France. Portraits of the workers were pasted on a fence opposite the parliament in Kampala as an art protest.