A London artist scours the muddy banks of the River Thames for lost items that can be turned into delightful pieces of art. Angela Moore reports.
A walk along the River Thames can reveal all sorts of treasures. For artist Nicola White, those loose bits of shattered glass, pottery and buttons are perfect for her one-of-a-kind art creations. She says each found object has a story to tell. SOUNDBITE: Nicola White, artist, saying (English): "I started collecting all these bits, pottery and glass and pipe fragments, and then I started to find other little bits and pieces like buttons, tiny pieces of jewelry, coins, and these fascinated me, the stories behind them, and so I just became a huge fan. So I looked into I, got my permit and there's no going back after that." No going back is right. Earlier this year, White quit her job as a banker to devote herself full-time to her craft. Most of the items White finds along the river are from the Victorian era or the early 20th century. SOUNDBITE: Nicola White, artist, saying (English): "The mud in the Thames is oxygen free, it's anaerobic, so it means that anything that has been lost in the mud or thrown in the mud years and years ago, when we find it, it's often been preserved for perfect condition." Items recovered from the river bank are re-imagined and turned into colorful and playful glass sculptures and they can be found in local art galleries and online.