It’s been a few years since we last checked in on the work of New York-based artist Joshua Allen Harris, who uses only tape and discarded plastic shopping bags to create giant inflatable animals that he fastens to sidewalk grates and vents to give them a sense of movement and life. A polar bear (see below), that some have linked to concerns about global warming, is the most famous Joshua Allen Harris creation so far. But he’s made many other animals, creatures and monsters, including this more recent one above.
Artist Yuken Teruya creates stunning tree sculptures out of shopping bags and toilet paper rolls. By using Tiffany, Paul Smith, and fast food shopping bags, he reminds us that we are in a state of consumer over-indulgence, using up natural resources and need to reconnect to nature. Transforming these bags into the magical world that he creates inspires one to run for the nearest forest and take a little walk, spending time with the real thing.