Setting up four easels and a tree chipper in front of the shuttle sculpture in the town centre, the 19-year-old Nelson and Colne College student then took the microphone to explain what he was doing to the gathering crowd .
He said, “These four original oil paintings have been packaged for destruction. I will put each of the paintings in the shredder and they will be completely and utterly erased forever.
“The remains of the paints will then be added into an epoxy resin to create a whole new work of art; a sculpture-like piece that will be visible from all angles.
“These four pieces took four months to create, so I’m sad to see them go through the grinder, but it’s for a good cause.”
James is auctioning off digital prints of the original paintings and donating the proceeds to the charity Team Trees.
The project was born after James and his comrades were asked to reinvent Nelson through their art.
James said of the event: “It really went incredibly well and had a huge crowd of people that day.
“I hope this has raised awareness of the importance of caring for our environment and encourages individuals to make changes in their daily lives.”
Artist to destroy paintings in Nelson to create new artwork for charity
In addition to having a physical crowd, James live-streamed the destruction of his art on YouTube to attract a wider audience.
To support his project, he had also written and published a book called “Time To Make The Change” which aims to teach people how they can make a change to help the environment and future generations, as well as how they can save money. money doing it. .
He said: “It teaches people that they don’t just need to rely on big companies and countries to bring about change.”
The reimagined artwork with all the shards and shreds of the original paintings will be unveiled on the opening night of the college art exhibition on June 14.