Creating art from 'found objects' in Westminster

Help 70 year old Mercedes Uribe-Gutierrez  turn Westminster trash into upcycled treasure with her amazing sculptural art skills.

Social distancing and ‘stay at home’ measures have taken its toll on the nation and many people are experiencing feelings of loneliness from self-isolation. As a coping strategy, Westminster resident and sculptural artist Mercedes Uribe-Gutierrez  created a lockdown art project “big enough to demand attention away from negative thoughts of being socially isolated”.

 Mercedes found strength in knowing that although we are all socially distancing alone, we are ‘all in this together’ and wanted to express these feelings through sculptural art.

Passionate about creative expression using ‘found objects’ and positive about climate change, Mercedes has used the back wooden panels of her wardrobe to create little figurine sculptures shaped in the letters of the alphabet. She then used these alphabet figurines to form the words of famous poem ‘Desiderata’ by author Max Ehrmann, which form a striking art display spread over one side of her bedroom wall. 

In total she has created 1426 little relief figurine letters that are around 10cm in height and treated 8 times to form the body language alphabet. The full installation is 3 metres wide and 2.5 metres tall. The display has taken 8 weeks of the lockdown to put together.

Mercedes says of her art installation: “I have never had a project that I have loved so much. I created each figurine as individuals, but they’re ‘all in this together’ to create a flow of words into sentences with meaning. It is a representation of us all during lockdown- each of us with individual circumstances but when we collectively all stay at home or offer our skills on the frontline, we are showing that we’re all in this fight together.”  

Mercedes would like to display her art installation free of charge in a hospital, art gallery or museum for a period of time, in honour of the message 'we are all in this together' and a reminder of the good work of our NHS Heroes during this time.

But this passion has sparked a further desire to use her creativity more for social good and Mercedes would now like set up a social enterprise  to devote all her time to creating works of art using 'found objects' around Westminster, and donate tribute pieces to local surgeries, schools and council buildings in the area. 

With your help, Mercedes would be able to register her project as a social enterprise and see Westminster trash turned into treasured works of art that benefit the community.

For every £3 donated, you can select a 'body language alphabet' letter of your choice to create personalised messages!

We look forward to your donations and your support!

Anyone in the Westminster area that would like to donate items for upcycling please also get in touch.


  • Tanha Habib 
    • £10 
    • 1 mo


Mercedes Uribe-Gutierrez 
London, Greater London, United Kingdom
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