recycled art

Nituniyo builds cardboard elephant from over 6,000 recycled paper tubes

Nituniyo builds cardboard elephant from over 6,000 recycled paper tubes

Nituniyo stacked thousands of recycled paper tubes in a cell pattern to form the easily recognizable shape of an elephant. Unlike the majority of Fallas Festival installations, which are normally cordoned

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These life-sized willow whales swim through a sea of plastic bottles to raise pollution awareness

These life-sized willow whales swim through a sea of plastic bottles to raise pollution awareness

A sculpture of two life size whales, made from Somerset willow and 70,000 upcycled plastic bottles, has been unveiled in Bristol to mark the city’s status as the UK’s first European Green

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Nightmarish figures made from old VHS tapes wander in frozen Iceland

Nightmarish figures made from old VHS tapes wander in frozen Iceland

Philip Ob Rey’s V project was designed in collaboration with Louie Otesanek and photographer Mailie Viney. The black-and-white photographs show the mysterious Lovecraftian figures in a desolate

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Playful Troels the Troll is built out of recycled wood pallets and scrap

Playful Troels the Troll is built out of recycled wood pallets and scrap

Named after Dambo’s assistant, Troels is, by the looks of it, a friendly giant encouraging of play as evidenced by the children’s swing it holds in its outstretched hand. The troll is almost entirely

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Street artist turns trash into incredible wild animal sculptures

Street artist turns trash into incredible wild animal sculptures

Bordalo II's amazing creatures are scattered all around Lisbon, where the artist lives. Curious rabbits, toucans, raccoons and even feathered hummingbirds are all part of a project to raise awareness on

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PHOTOS: Artists use recycled materials to make endangered animal sculptures at Philadelphia Zoo

PHOTOS: Artists use recycled materials to make endangered animal sculptures at Philadelphia Zoo

This past weekend, the Philadelphia Zoo opened a new art exhibition that celebrates larger than life installations made entirely from recycled materials. Second Nature: Junk Rethunk features the work of

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Artist Nikki Ella Whitlock recycles wine bottle fragments into ethereal mosaics

Artist Nikki Ella Whitlock recycles wine bottle fragments into ethereal mosaics

British artist Nikki Ella Whitlock takes recycling to ethereal levels, by transforming old glass into stunning mosaics. With a mix of tiles and glass mostly from used wine bottles, the Derbyshire-based

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Edouard Martinet’s enchanting metal animal sculptures are made from old bike parts

Edouard Martinet’s enchanting metal animal sculptures are made from old bike parts

  The French artist created his jolly running ostrich by securing the assorted metal parts with a few screws and opted not to use a welding iron. His pigeon and a very cute robin sculpture

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French Artisan Takes Recycled Metal to the Dark Side with an Awesome Darth Vader Bust

French Artisan Takes Recycled Metal to the Dark Side with an Awesome Darth Vader Bust

French artisan Alain Bellino took his craft to the dark side when he welded a number of leftover metal pieces together to create this surprisingly realistic Darth Vader bust. Bellino saves and restores a

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Nick Gentry Transforms Old Film and Disks into Captivating Portraits

Nick Gentry Transforms Old Film and Disks into Captivating Portraits

With the age of technology advancing faster than we can possibly keep up with, we are left with obsolete media. Film cameras have been replaced with digital capture and USB drives render floppy disks

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Exquisite Birds of Paradise Made Thousands of Recycled Barrettes and Fake Nails!

Exquisite Birds of Paradise Made Thousands of Recycled Barrettes and Fake Nails!

Each of Laurel's birds are carefully crafted from beak to tail feather. The iridescent bodies are comprised of hundreds of unwanted fake nails and polishes donated from the likes of OPI with overstock or

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German Artist Turns a BMW Into an Unbelievable Mobile Music Machine

German Artist Turns a BMW Into an Unbelievable Mobile Music Machine

German artist team Neulant van Exel - comprised of architect Axel van Exel and sculptor Marian Neulant -  turned an elderly BMW 820i into a fabulous party machine called the Brassmobil. With a controller

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Henrique Oliveira’s Powerful Recycled Wood “Tridimensional” Sculptures Burst Through Gallery Walls

Henrique Oliveira’s Powerful Recycled Wood “Tridimensional” Sculptures Burst Through Gallery Walls

Initially a painter, Oliveira was inspired by an old wooden fence he saw through his window across the street from his studio in Sao Paulo. The wood was so weathered that it split into layers, which

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Hundreds of Children Build Amazing Elephant Sculpture from 900 Recycled Plastic Bottles in the UK

Hundreds of Children Build Amazing Elephant Sculpture from 900 Recycled Plastic Bottles in the UK

With a focus on eco art and design, artist Sarah Turner created the lightweight frame for the elephant sculpture out of hula hoops, wood, and plumbing pipes inserted into large recycled water jugs. The

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Artist Cheong-ah Hwang Transforms Recycled Paper into Intricate Works of Art

Artist Cheong-ah Hwang Transforms Recycled Paper into Intricate Works of Art

Hwang is a wife and mother, originally from Seoul, and now based in Columbus, Ohio. Her original works of art are very difficult to produce, and therefore expensive to purchase, but because she wanted

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A Second Peek at Milan Design Week’s Brera District

A Second Peek at Milan Design Week’s Brera District

  Alessandro Zambelli's "Afillia" light series is named after a botanical term referring to that which is leafless, but not lifeless. The lacy lights are handcrafted from Swiss pine and nylon

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Freya Jobbins Creates Disturbing 3D Collages With Disused Doll Parts

Freya Jobbins Creates Disturbing 3D Collages With Disused Doll Parts

South African artist Freya Jobbins recycles doll parts into disturbing new assemblages that will give you and your child nightmares. Inspired by Guiseppe Archimboldo's work with fruit and vegetables, and

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Ron van der Ende Builds Giant Mixtapes and Car Sculptures with Found Wood

Ron van der Ende Builds Giant Mixtapes and Car Sculptures with Found Wood

Van der Ende looks at the fragments of found wood that he collects as elements of a mosaic. Sorting each plank, remnant and small piece into piles of color and texture, the artist has the incredible

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Giant Buddha Statue Made of Recycled Materials Pops Up on Brooklyn Waterfront

Giant Buddha Statue Made of Recycled Materials Pops Up on Brooklyn Waterfront

For the past week, this enormous Buddha statue has been charming Brooklynites with its headdress made of hats, elbows made of old umbrellas and blingy necklace made of computer keyboards. The recycled

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Julie Peppito Creates Colorful “Connected” Art from Recycled Materials

Julie Peppito Creates Colorful “Connected” Art from Recycled Materials

Julie Peppito's "Connected" art exhibit consists of sculptures and drawings comprised of intricately drawn on, stitched, and smashed together debris. Her eclectic pieces make metaphorical connections

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Sculptor George Sabra Transforms Discarded Cardboard into Figures for Environmental Change

Sculptor George Sabra Transforms Discarded Cardboard into Figures for Environmental Change

The great philosopher Macklemore said it best in his hit song “Thrift Store” that one man’s trash is another man’s come up. This statement rings particularly true for artist and sculptor George

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400,000 Plastic Sandals Upcycled Into Colorful Oceanside Sculptures

400,000 Plastic Sandals Upcycled Into Colorful Oceanside Sculptures

Although ocean beaches are one of the most beautiful parts of nature, they're also the place we're most likely to come face to face with the ugly side of overconsumption. Beaches around the world are

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CityHEART is an Interactive Sculpture Made from Upcycled Bicycle Wheels

CityHEART is an Interactive Sculpture Made from Upcycled Bicycle Wheels

Architect and artist Casey Milbrand wrote a love letter to his hometown of Buffalo by creating a gorgeous upcycled sculpture called CityHEART. Made from twenty five disused bicycle wheels, the

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Amazing Darth Vader Tank is Made from Salvaged Materials

Amazing Darth Vader Tank is Made from Salvaged Materials

Perhaps the most badass villain in this universe is Darth Vader, and that's the reason why DIYers have created so many projects revolving around this Star Wars bad guy. Above is one creation that turns

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Ole Ukena’s Barbed Wire Rainbow Asks You to Look, But Not Touch

Ole Ukena’s Barbed Wire Rainbow Asks You to Look, But Not Touch

At first glance, the piece “Protected Paradise” looks like a typical, even child-like rainbow. But take a closer look and the rainbow’s innocence fades just as quickly as a real one does after a

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Artist Keri Muller Creates Beautiful Wall Installations from Old Books

Artist Keri Muller Creates Beautiful Wall Installations from Old Books

Keri Muller's artworks and installations stand out for their beautiful forms, and the fact that they've been made from books and other debris salvaged from the recycling pile. "I try to give the books

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Massive “Cloud” Made of 53,000+ Plastic Bottles Pops Up in NYC

Massive “Cloud” Made of 53,000+ Plastic Bottles Pops Up in NYC

This past weekend, STUDIOKCA invited New Yorkers to get their heads stuck in a cloud inside their giant pavilion made with over 53,000 reclaimed plastic bottles. The massive white "cloud" popped up on

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Artists Create Chandeliers Out of Bike Parts Under a Freeway Overpass

Artists Create Chandeliers Out of Bike Parts Under a Freeway Overpass

A freeway overpass is not the first place you would think to look for innovative art. But if you happen to be Joe O’Connell and Blessing Hancock, the freeway overpass is a natural canvas for industrial

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Artist Robert Lach Transforms Old Suitcases into Delicate Bird Nest Sculptures

Artist Robert Lach Transforms Old Suitcases into Delicate Bird Nest Sculptures

Inspired by architecture and his love of bird watching, Lach began working with discarded materials to create his nest pieces as a way to use materials to connect to the local environment. Lach sources

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These Intriguing 3-D Dioramas Let You Peer into Tiny Scenes of New York City

These Intriguing 3-D Dioramas Let You Peer into Tiny Scenes of New York City

When we first spied Heather Kocsis' booth at this year's Architectural Digest Home Design Show, we wondered why people were staring so intently at what appeared to be ordinary paintings. But upon further

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