It all started by a guy named Cola who found a piece of trash that looks like a violin and brought it to Favio, a musician. The pair created a functional violin in a place where.. a real violin is worth more than a house. Thus, the pair further create a cello, a flute, a drum completely out of trash.
(Pictures taken from Creative Visions Foundation)
What really caught my attention is that people of Cateura, Paraguay gave a meaning, a purpose of trash and garbage that it could be something beyond our imaginations.. and that is music, a form of art that plays around with our emotions.
One thing that saddens me is a quote from Favio Chavez, "The world sends us garbage. We send back music". People of Cateura, Paraguay have reached the point where they make musical instruments out of junk.
What I am trying to say here is that, in general.. arts should be available to all humanity. Arts like music and.. especially music, connects us, giving a mysterious experience of one's self in relation to the universe.
On the bright side, it is truly a miracle that an orchestra is born in one of the most depressed areas in the world. Now a group of filmmakers, producers, and photographers are trying to tell a story of how instruments made from recycled trash bring hope to children whose future is otherwise spiritless through a documentary titled "Landfill Harmonic".
This, without doubt will bring a change to the lives and hopes of Cateura, Paraguay.