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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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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

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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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Cecilia Levy’s Dainty Little Tea Cups Are Made From Recycled Book Pages

Cecilia Levy’s Dainty Little Tea Cups Are Made From Recycled Book Pages

These beautiful teacups made by Swedish artist Cecilia Levy are not only beautiful to look at but also light on the environment! Made from recycled book pages, each cup and saucer is a unique piece of art

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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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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

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Guy Laramee Carves Gorgeous Landscapes Into the Edges of Books

Guy Laramee Carves Gorgeous Landscapes Into the Edges of Books

In two series entitled The Great Wall and Biblios, Laramee used vintage books as a medium for his epic sculptures. With a belief that humans obsessively feel the need to change and destroy cultural forms,

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Mark Wagner’s ‘Recycled’ Dollar Bill Collages Poke Fun at Money

Mark Wagner’s ‘Recycled’ Dollar Bill Collages Poke Fun at Money

Fascinated by the durable linen stock and deep ink printing of paper currency, Wagner transforms powerful symbol into mosaics, decorative patterns, and tableaux.  By using the old-fashioned practice

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Artist Tieri’s Urban-Inspired Sculptures are Made with Compressed Trash

Artist Tieri’s Urban-Inspired Sculptures are Made with Compressed Trash

Photographer-sculptor Tieri has made an art out of compressing trash into urban forms with his new series called Incompressions. The French artist handmakes each sculpture to bear signs of their previous

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Artist Tom Shelton Turns Scavenged Metal Scraps into Adorable Sculptures

Artist Tom Shelton Turns Scavenged Metal Scraps into Adorable Sculptures

Tom Shelton is a self-taught artist who works mainly with found objects. Shelton has spent years cultivating his art through sculpture, with special attention given to fashioning these cute

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