recycled art

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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Yuken Teruya Transforms a McDonald’s Bag into a Delicate Tree

Yuken Teruya Transforms a McDonald’s Bag into a Delicate Tree

Teruya’s additions to the group show transform McDonald’s bags from both London and New York. Each piece is aptly entitled “Notice-Forest: What Victory Tastes Like,” which is a direct reference to

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Luzinterruptus’ Recycled Plastiksack! Installation Guards the Gewerbemuseum In Switzerland

Luzinterruptus’ Recycled Plastiksack! Installation Guards the Gewerbemuseum In Switzerland

Following Oh Plastiksack!'s monographic theme of plastic bags, Luzinterruptus went about town collecting various bags from local residents. The museum even arranged for free admission to all their

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Amber Cowan Creates Eerily Beautiful Recycled Glass Sculptures From Thrift Store Trinkets

Amber Cowan Creates Eerily Beautiful Recycled Glass Sculptures From Thrift Store Trinkets

Cowan began creating beautifully detailed and delicate flower-like sculptures that look as if they would actually sway in the breeze. The remarkable beauty of her pieces shined through as they grew into

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Zilvinas Kempinas Gives Us Tunnel Vision With His Amazing TUBE Made of VHS Tape

Zilvinas Kempinas Gives Us Tunnel Vision With His Amazing TUBE Made of VHS Tape

Kempinas has long been fascinated by magnetic tape and it's transformative properties. Its ability to be strong and delicate at the same time, dark and imposing at one angle and nearly invisible at

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Yun-Woo Choi Makes Extraordinary 3-D Sculptures Out of Recycled Magazines

Yun-Woo Choi Makes Extraordinary 3-D Sculptures Out of Recycled Magazines

Using resin, wire and recycled newspapers and magazines, Choi creates 3-D sculptures that are at once ephemeral and actually quite solid. The giant funnel that protrudes from a wall looks very similar to

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Dieter Roth’s ‘Gartenskulptur’ Is an Ever-Growing Art Installation Celebrating Recycled and Decaying Materials

Dieter Roth’s ‘Gartenskulptur’ Is an Ever-Growing Art Installation Celebrating Recycled and Decaying Materials

Roth’s piece has traveled to museums around the world, portraying the cycle of life and objects to its international visitors. At first the structure looks like a hodge podge of found objects

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Kate Dodd’s ‘Water: Illusions of Purity’ Installation Addresses the Environmental Destruction Caused by Bottled Water

Kate Dodd’s ‘Water: Illusions of Purity’ Installation Addresses the Environmental Destruction Caused by Bottled Water

“Water: Illusions of Purity” is a multi-part art installation by Kate Dodd currently on display at the Noyes Museum of Art in Oceanville, NJ that ties our local consumption habits to potential

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Gigantic Glowing Fish Sculptures Made From Recycled Bottles Rise From Rio Beach

Gigantic Glowing Fish Sculptures Made From Recycled Bottles Rise From Rio Beach

The gorgeous fish glitter with reflection of the sun’s rays, juxtaposed against a beautiful backdrop of Rio’s mountains. Each sparkles with blue hues from the plastic, but are also illuminated at

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Artist Jeff Ivanhoe Creates Pop Art Mosaics from Recycled Aluminum Cans

Artist Jeff Ivanhoe Creates Pop Art Mosaics from Recycled Aluminum Cans

AluMosaics is an art form that transforms aluminum cans into stunning works of art. Founded by artist Jeff Ivanhoe, AluMosaics combines recycling with creativity and imagination. Ivanhoe recycles soda

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Artist Creates Epic Cityscapes Using Vintage Letterpress Pieces

Artist Creates Epic Cityscapes Using Vintage Letterpress Pieces

Jang’s "Type City" is part of a solo show of the artist’s work at David B. Smith Gallery in Denver, Colorado. The letterpress and wood sculpture stretches just two feet by 11 inches, but rises to 14

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Owen Mortensen’s Organic Art Reveals the Delicate Inner Workings of Leaves

Owen Mortensen’s Organic Art Reveals the Delicate Inner Workings of Leaves

Reminiscent of the childhood hobby of pressing leaves between wax paper, Mortensen’s S3 series reimagines leaf collecting. The artist-invented process stands for Selectively Skeletonized Sycamores.

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Gary Taxali Recycles Used Book Covers Into Cool Art Emblazoned with His Signature Retro Drawings

Gary Taxali Recycles Used Book Covers Into Cool Art Emblazoned with His Signature Retro Drawings

Taxali reuses the textured fabric covers of vintage books, and yellowed dog eared pages that would normally deems these materials ready for the garbage bin. Taxali’s retro style of both figure drawing

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6 Amazing Works of Art Made Using Recycled Books!

6 Amazing Works of Art Made Using Recycled Books!

Guy Laramee's Gorgeous Landscapes Carved Into Books In two series entitled The Great Wall and Biblios, artist Guy Laramee used vintage encyclopedias to create his epic sculptures. Laramee carefully

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Aurora Robson’s Ethereal Plastic Art Uses up to 20,000 Recycled Bottles

Aurora Robson’s Ethereal Plastic Art Uses up to 20,000 Recycled Bottles

Robson collects her own PET bottles or creates job opportunities for street people who collect bottles in shopping carts. Sometimes she even uses waste collected at the various firms that commission her

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Elodie Antonie Draws Nuclear Landscapes With Humble Black Thread

Elodie Antonie Draws Nuclear Landscapes With Humble Black Thread

Using only thread as her drawing tool, Belgium artist Elodie Antonie illustrates big structures and industrial landscapes carefully by hand. Cranes, electric pylons, bridges and even nuclear landscapes

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Volkswagen’s Think Blue Beetle is Made From 2,805 Pieces of Recycled Trash!

Volkswagen’s Think Blue Beetle is Made From 2,805 Pieces of Recycled Trash!

Haribaabu Naatesan created the Beetle art piece as part of Volkswagen's Think Blue Campaign. The extensive assortment of trash was collected during Think Blue Clean Up drives undertaken by the German

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Evo Love Upcycles Vintage Junk Into Creepy Tableaus

Evo Love Upcycles Vintage Junk Into Creepy Tableaus

Evo combs thrift stores and trash bins in the Miami area for old toys, pulp fiction, religious memorabilia, comic books, newspapers, heirlooms, and vintage junk. Using these pieces that are rife with

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Mark Langan Uses Recycled Cardboard to Create Beautiful Company Logos

Mark Langan Uses Recycled Cardboard to Create Beautiful Company Logos

US artist Mark Langan has created an intricate set of company logos out of recycled cardboard to help businesses communicate their sustainable values. Langan's day-to-day job consists of searching around

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Edouard Martinet’s Delicate Metal Animal Sculptures Are Made From Old Bike Parts

Edouard Martinet’s Delicate 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 appear to

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Enter Your Tape Sculpture in Scotch’s “Off The Roll” Contest to Win $5000

Enter Your Tape Sculpture in Scotch’s “Off The Roll” Contest to Win $5000

Any regular Inhabitat reader knows that we are suckers for awesome art made from recycled or repurposed materials. So we were totally excited to discover Scotch's "Off the Roll" design competition, which

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Sean Avery Turns Shattered CDs Into Astounding Animal Sculptures

Sean Avery Turns Shattered CDs Into Astounding Animal Sculptures

Sean Avery is a sculptor, illustrator and graphic designer with a penchant for using recycled materials to build awesome little animal sculptures. He only uses recycled materials and classifies his work

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PICS: Inhabitat’s Crazy, Colorful and Beautiful Eco-Art Picks From the Montreal Museum of Art

PICS: Inhabitat’s Crazy, Colorful and Beautiful Eco-Art Picks From the Montreal Museum of Art

Claude Cormier’s colorful “Heads of Christ” is a dream collage for kids of all ages. Using old stuffed animals, the artist has created a massive plush carpet that spans an entire room. Faces of

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Lisa Nilsson Constructs Intricate Anatomical Studies From Rolled Japanese Paper

Lisa Nilsson Constructs Intricate Anatomical Studies From Rolled Japanese Paper

Each section of paper is rolled on something small and cylindrical like a pin or a drill bit. They are then arranged together in a collection to construct the larger image. The Massachusetts-based artist

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Artist Brian Jungen Transforms Nike Air Jordans into Awesome Aboriginal Masks

Artist Brian Jungen Transforms Nike Air Jordans into Awesome Aboriginal Masks

Jungen uses found objects specifically chosen to echo some sort of social or cultural symbol or tradition. For example, the artist used Nike Air Jordans to make up traditional aboriginal masks. Keeping

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Irish Artist Builds the World’s First 1.4 Billion Euro Home From Shredded Bills

Irish Artist Builds the World’s First 1.4 Billion Euro Home From Shredded Bills

What makes a home worth a million dollars? How about a billion dollars? Irish artist Frank Buckley has taken this question to its logical extreme by building his very own home made from 1.4 billion Euro

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