Who knew discarded gasoline containers could be so creative! These African masks have been designed by Romuald Hazoume, an African artist from the Republic of Benin. Most of Hazoume’s work explores ‘cultural and political issues such as globalization, the legacy of slavery, colonization, and the impact of Western consumerism on Africa’. Talking about his work, […]
Though most watch designs hide all the moving pieces on the inside of the contraption, Justin Gershenson-Gates aims to bring out the inner beauty of the small machines. In his series of Steampunk insects created from recycled timepieces, Gershenson-Gates displays the intricate metal work as if they were the tiny body parts of various bugs. The detail of each […]
Sleeping Bags is a project bent on breathing new life into retired hotel linens. Each tote features a cool print from an up-and-coming creative and boasts a sturdy, practical design. This company is all about keeping junk from ending up in a landfill somewhere.
Now that’s what we call guerrilla gardening. These gardens can be found floating above the streets of Melbourne, just hanging out and growing up there on recycled bicycle wheels and wire thanks to the genius of artist Lloyd Godman. The rotating air gardens are the result of City of Melbourne’s 2013 Arts Grant Program and conveniently don’t require any upkeep. The […]
Giving unwanted materials a new purpose and shape is the great talent of Sayaka Ganz. Even though she was born in Japan, she lived her life in many different countries, but never forgot her roots and the Japanese Shinto beliefs, which say, „ All objects and organisms have spirits“. Taking that as starting point, her […]
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s both! Lloyd Godman and his marvellous flying gardens are going to be suspended across the Northbank skyline of Melbourne for an entire year. Lloyd has been developing artistic uses for gardens that don’t need much rain, any soil, and can withstand extreme climatic conditions – […]
We are told on a daily basis to recycle and reuse and one Ohio based artist has done just that. Mark Langan takes supplies from his trash and the neighbourhood, reusing cardboard and reclaimed materials in order to create his art. Corrugated Art, as named by Langan, uses a material for which it was not purportedly […]
Maria Papadimitriou has taken upcycling to another level with her jewellery label, Plastic Seconds. The London-based designer creates ‘recycled adornments’ out of seemingly useless bits of plastic. Her range includes pen lid earrings, bottle top fascinators, and necklaces made of those little fish bottles that come with sushi. The result is always very striking and […]
Robert Mckirdie’s work explores technology and the change that occurs as that new technology moves from the physical to more ephemeral roles in peoples’ daily lives. He synthesizes these ideas by mining the waste of society as it plows forward searching for fossils of past technology. In his work, everything is exposed, and all is seen.
My most recent sculptures are made with reclaimed materials, like old barn wood, found metal, and fieldstones. I’m interested in making objects that function in some way, but have no prosaic or practical purpose. In my work, I’m trying to practice some sort of ‘low level alchemy’, transforming reclaimed materials into something new but nebulous at the same time.
It’s always great to see used objects get a second life. It’s even better when that second life involves them being transformed into a giant canvas for talented artists to go to town on. Enter The Boneyard Project, a rad project salvaging old wrecks of aeroplanes and letting artists breath new life into their dusty shells.
Niall McClelland takes the everyday and flips it on its ear for some truly stunning effects. Using media such as Xerox copies, chain link fencing, printer cartridge ink and random street detritus, you wouldn’t expect to find a final product as stunningly beautiful as his.
What do you do with 260,000 car keys? What about 29,000 credit cards? Chris Jordan creates breathtaking images with thousands of tiny products. His creations are shocking and sometimes disturbing, always to attract attention to a social cause.
Troy Dugas creates his artwork out of vintage product labels that he purchases in bundles. Intricately cutting, layering, and arranging them into patterns, mandalas, and icon-like representational images, his work has a spiritual fervor to them that perhaps hints at our current devotion to the consumerist/capitalist paradigm.