A musician in Seychelles is covering an exterior wall at his home with a seascape mural made out of bottle caps, cleaning the environment of discarded waste and adding a touch of island beauty to his neighbourhood.

Gilles Lionnet, who is also known by his stage name of El Manager, said he found a new wall at his home at Mare Anglaise – a sub-district in the north of the main island of Mahe – to be an eyesore and he looked online for inspiration.

“On the internet, I saw that somebody had decorated a wall using this and I said that is the idea,” explained Lionnet, who said he immediately linked with people in his community who were collecting pet bottles to recycle for their caps. According to Lionnet the tops are bought or even exchanged all in the recycling effort.

“The tops have a long life span and their colours takes a long time to fade. Maybe in ten years, the time they will need a fresh coat of paint,” explained El Manager, who has the environment protection of the islands close to heart.

Lionnet, who is credited with creating “Mougae” – a fusion between Moutya, the traditional music of the Seychelles, and reggae from Jamaica — has in the past composed around seven songs singing environment protection and conservation.

Lionnet explained that the first part of the mural is an underwater scene showcasing corals, fishes and the centrepiece an octopus. Music will be a part of the second part of the mural, where he hopes to illustrate some traditional musical instruments such as zez and bonm.