recycled art

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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Milwaukee Modern Transforms a ’75 Lincoln Continental Car Hood Into a Portrait of Abe Lincoln

Milwaukee Modern Transforms a ’75 Lincoln Continental Car Hood Into a Portrait of Abe Lincoln

Milwaukee Modern turns the discarded and unloved into beautiful art for the home or office. Above they transformed the hood of a 1975 Lincoln Continental by grinding a rusted image of Abraham Lincoln

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Farwaste’s 30,000 Pizzas Turns Reclaimed Tomato Cans Into a Bunker

Farwaste’s 30,000 Pizzas Turns Reclaimed Tomato Cans Into a Bunker

Everyday, restaurants and pizzerias of Turin use approximately 14,900 tomato cans, resulting in 5 millions cans per year doomed to be left in a landfill. 30,000 Pizzas is an art installation and bunker

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Asif Farooq’s Incredible Gun Sculptures are Created from Recycled Cardboard

Asif Farooq’s Incredible Gun Sculptures are Created from Recycled Cardboard

At Inhabitat, we love when artists create symbolic works of art using recycled materials. Here, Asif Farooq constructs these incredibly precise gun replicas using only reused cardboard. The gun

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INFRA: Artist Chris Shen Transforms 625 Old Remote Controls into a Giant Glowing TV

INFRA: Artist Chris Shen Transforms 625 Old Remote Controls into a Giant Glowing TV

The television remote control changed households around the world by enabling lazy couch potatoes to flip through the stations while seated. However many remotes have become obsolete as modern technology

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Shannon O’Hare’s Recycled Material Mobile Victorian House Sets Sail for Desert Lands

Shannon O’Hare’s Recycled Material Mobile Victorian House Sets Sail for Desert Lands

We all know Burning Man is full of oddities, and the annual event draws thousands into the middle of an inhospitable desert to enjoy a week of delusional mayhem. It’s not uncommon to see giant moving

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Chakaia Booker’s Intricately Textured Salvaged Tire Sculptures Greet Visitors at the National Museum of Women in the Arts

Chakaia Booker’s Intricately Textured Salvaged Tire Sculptures Greet Visitors at the National Museum of Women in the Arts

Prior to the installation of Booker's recycled rubber sculptures, the NMWA featured very colorful works by French artist Niki de Saint Phalle of dancing women. In contrast, Booker's sculptures have a

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Ashley Baldwin-Smith’s Tube Chair is Made Entirely from Recycled Steel Tubes

Ashley Baldwin-Smith’s Tube Chair is Made Entirely from Recycled Steel Tubes

Cambridge-based artist and contemporary furniture designer Ashley Baldwin-Smith from Ashwin Studio specializes in creating furniture from found objects, recycled engine parts and scrap

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Leonardo Drew Transforms Reclaimed Wood into Apocalyptic, Over-sized Installations

Leonardo Drew Transforms Reclaimed Wood into Apocalyptic, Over-sized Installations

Drew’s work draws largely on the history behind the materials he upcycles into his art works. Touching on the rapidity of urban development and change, his works seem to serve as evidence of our

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Mark Oliver’s Litter Bugs are Intricate Insects Made from Trash and Found Objects

Mark Oliver’s Litter Bugs are Intricate Insects Made from Trash and Found Objects

Designed to blend in with urban landscapes, Mark Oliver's Litter Bugs fly on wings of paper, walk with eyeglass arms for legs, and have bodies fashioned from tin, watch parts, and book covers. The

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Donna Ruff Draws With Fire to Create Gorgeous Patterns on Cast-Off Book Pages

Donna Ruff Draws With Fire to Create Gorgeous Patterns on Cast-Off Book Pages

Ruff’s work pushes the boundary of traditional paper art. Rather than cutting, collaging or layering, the artist turns to fire. Simply calling her process “drawing with fire,” Ruff manipulates the

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Anthony Oh Recycles Waste Electronic Parts Into Robots That Fit on Your Finger Tip

Anthony Oh Recycles Waste Electronic Parts Into Robots That Fit on Your Finger Tip

The Singapore and Malaysia-based industrial designer may make a living in product and electronic design, but his true passion comes out in his tiny robot sculptures. Working with electronics day in and

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Eco Artist Builds a Recycled Amusement Park Out of Plastic Bottles

Eco Artist Builds a Recycled Amusement Park Out of Plastic Bottles

Ugandan artist Ruganzu Bruno Tusingwire looked around his city and saw all of the challenges that local children faced. Wanting to make a difference, Tusingwire set aside the wall art he typically

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David Mach’s Massive Waves of Recycled Magazines Sweep up Cars and Planes

David Mach’s Massive Waves of Recycled Magazines Sweep up Cars and Planes

David Mach has showcased his installations in a number of exhibitions in some of the most prestigious places in the world. In ‘Adding Fuel to Fire’ shown at the Metronom Gallery, Barcelona in 1987,

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