Art by Joshua Harris made from plastic bags and air vents

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By Zolton in New Art on Thursday 12 April 2012

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.

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Yuken Teruya’s shopping bag and toilet paper art

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By Kira Heuer in New Art on Tuesday 27 July 2010

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.

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Joshua Harris on his subway grates artwork

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By Marcos Chin in New Art on Tuesday 15 April 2008

New York-based artist Joshua Harris makes movable sculptural artwork out of plastic bags, harnessing the air from subway grates to give them a sense of life.

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Joshua Allen Harris

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Art on Thursday 10 April 2008

Joshua Allen Harris’ inflatable polar bear has been dropping jaws across the interweb recently.

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