Football Stadium for Fruit Made From Recycled Produce Crates

by , 08/27/10

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This fruitalicious sculpture by Netherlands-based artist Helmut Smits has got us thinking about how we can transform our own fruit bowl into a fabulous piece of art this weekend. Built out of recycled wooden crates, fruit, and green carpet for grass, his Football Stadium is a charming way to display produce. Can’t you just imagine its popularity at your local farmer’s market?!

vegetables, produce, football stadium, fruit, sculpture, helmut smits, recycled materials

We love Smits’ use of recycled wooden crates as shading for the produce spectators. He also used the fruits’ labels as advertising banners around the stadium. Built in 2002, the stadium measures 4.5 m long, 3.5 m wide and 1.7 m high and uses halogen work lights for the stadium lighting. We’re sure that you could build one with an LED flood light for better energy efficiency. Creative reuse like this just might even help sell more fruits and vegetables.

Presumably, since Smits is from The Netherlands, he’s referring to the global understanding of football and not the American version, but if you’re gearing up for the fall onslaught of big men tackling each other, you can go on ahead and think about it as an American football stadium.

+ Helmut Smits

Via RecycleArt

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  1. mytleviathan August 29, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Haha, I agree. I am hesitant to believe that Smits was trying to design a new, horribly inefficient means of displaying produce. Perhaps the fruit was intended to be a little more symbolic? And replace the warmer/brighter light of the halogen floods with cool(colder) LEDs for displaying produce and wood? Preposterous!

  2. jon niedzwiecki August 28, 2010 at 12:07 am

    In the USA farmers market patrons like to be able to get to the produce. I wonder if your editors/writers have perhaps been in too frequent contact with the hazardous materials in the circuit board notebook covers.

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