It is great to see recycled objects being used in the creation of inspiring artwork and it is certainly a trend we are sure to see more of. As well as the benefits of helping to save the ‘planet’, using recycled objects also give artists the chance to use cheap and even free materials.
If you search the pages of the Pinterest website you will see 100s of amazing picture of ‘upcycled’ items often used in furniture or for outdoor purposes. However, in this article we have focused on recycled goods used to create pieces of artwork as opposed to useful object, although having said that, the first object (table made from recycled cutlery) could actually be used as a table. You might have problems though with jagged edges or if you were to drop anything small onto (or into) the table – a glass cover might be the solution in this case.
Recycled Art using Books
Books are another area where there is something of a trend in making sculptures and art statements. It helps that you can get hold of second hand books for next to nothing and there are endless possibilities for artists. The example shown below is where artist Aaron Packer has cut out the inner pages to make some brilliant book sculptures.
Erika Iris Simmons specialises in using non-traditional media like cassette tape to create absolutely unique and memorable works that feature musicians like The Beatles, Kurt Cobain and Michael Jackson. Two highly original works are shown below: Ghost In The Machine – Michael Jackson (below left) and The Beatles (below right) are made from cassette tape on canvas.
Turning to the subject of food – you probably wouldn’t want to eat the following exhibit, although it is made from long grain rice and nori (seaweed paper). It is artist Hong Yi’s version of Hokusai’s “The Great Wave” – you can see this and other examples of art made from food on the Business Insider website.
One of the strangest objects to have been made into an art sculpture are workplace safety steps. British – Brazilian artist Alexandre da Cunha used them in a piece called ‘Compass’ at the National Trust’s Ham House in Richmond, near London. As can be seen in the picture below, visitors were encouraged to interact with and become part of the art by climbing the red mobile safety steps sculpture.