Gallery: ECO ART: Toilet Paper Roll Cut-Outs


Yuken Teryua‘s work proves that discarded everyday objects can be re-invented into something elegant and beautiful. The Japanese artist crafts toilet paper rolls with a level of detail so that they adopt a new identity as delicately sculpted pieces — reminiscent of columnar wind chimes intertwined in the branches of a tree. The Japanese artist has also used shopping bags and old pizza boxes in his collection of work that uses recycled materials to defy the defined roles of these objects.

The artist shows a knack for seeing potential in every day objects to become something eye-catching, and believes that while artwork is a reflection of the artist’s beliefs — it is also important that artwork engages its viewers.  Yuken says:
I feel that my work shouldn’t only have the function of conveying the artist’s message. My works have a right to simply be beautiful or offer any kind of attraction.

+ Yuken Teruya

via designboom


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  1. fadil February 29, 2012 at 3:51 am

    Cool! Very Inspired! Thanks!

  2. Rainbow January 12, 2012 at 3:24 am

    I agree that reuse is higher on the scale, but i also feel like this is reusing the product. I think creating art of used materials is reusing. This in particular because once the artist or purchaser doesnt want them anymore, they are still in a good contition to recycle which in most cases results in reuse, or they could always pass it on to a someone new. I think with having the mentality of reuse there are infinite possiblities of actions to fufill the meaning of the term.

  3. Leia June 24, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    My absolute favorite piece in her repertoire is similar to the first image ( However, the tree that I saw at the Seattle Asian Art Museum had been cut from a MacDonald’s take out bag.
    Now THAT is a stunning eco-art manifesto.

  4. Talat October 15, 2010 at 12:55 am


  5. beth_barlow May 17, 2009 at 11:05 am

    I think that this are so beautiful and that showing the beauty in such ordinary things is such a valid use of your creativity.

  6. JunkkMale March 13, 2009 at 11:23 am

    Agreed on the gorgeous bit, but feel moved to suggest that reuse is higher on the re-hierarchy than recycling, notwithstanding having such ‘waste’ hanging around.

  7. crackgerbal March 9, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    these are gorgeous! but paper is fully recyclable and so it seems there is no need to keep this kind of waste around.

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