recycled art

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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Jim and Tori Recycle Toy and Gadget Bits into Unique Decorative Songbirds

Jim and Tori Recycle Toy and Gadget Bits into Unique Decorative Songbirds

The pair began creating their Songbirds in 2006 and have since transformed a whole range of unexpected relics into these intersting figurative sculptures. Even croquet balls and wheels are given a second

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Seo Young Deok’s Larger-Than-Life Nude Sculptures Are Upcycled From Thousands of Bike Chains

Seo Young Deok’s Larger-Than-Life Nude Sculptures Are Upcycled From Thousands of Bike Chains

Deok is particularly interested to portray the modern human's plight in the context of industrialization. His larger-than-life nude sculptures, painstakingly welded out of used chains, portray sometimes

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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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Amazing Recycled Circuit Board Sculptures by Steven Rodrig

Amazing Recycled Circuit Board Sculptures by Steven Rodrig

Artist Steven Rodrig salvages circuit boards from dusty old computers headed for the dump and transforms them into exquisite sculptures that highlight the intricacy and beauty of their components. His PCB

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Benoit Maubrey Creates Massive Sculptures Out of 1000s of Recycled Speakers

Benoit Maubrey Creates Massive Sculptures Out of 1000s of Recycled Speakers

Maubrey is in charge of Die Audio Gruppe and is an audio artist, incorporating various forms of music and electronics into living and stationary sculptures. He is also well known for his Audio Ballerinas

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Artist Linus Hui’s Quirky Paper Boobs, Paper Tinmen and Paper Elephants are All Wearable

Artist Linus Hui’s Quirky Paper Boobs, Paper Tinmen and Paper Elephants are All Wearable

Hui’s “costumes” began simply. He used paper to represent blood, mustaches, or even bleeding hearts. Realizing the diversity of paper, he was then inspired to craft more complex pieces with his

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PHOTOS: Unloved Furniture Recycled Into Retro-Chic Designs at London Design Week

PHOTOS: Unloved Furniture Recycled Into Retro-Chic Designs at London Design Week

By stripping the fabric from discarded luminaires, Donna Walker is able to expose the lamp’s original skeleton, revealing the dedicated work that once went into it. By simply swapping lamp bases, bulbs

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Wim Delvoye’s Incredible Rubber Carvings Turn Tires Into Art

Wim Delvoye’s Incredible Rubber Carvings Turn Tires Into Art

The Belgian artist manipulates found objects with painstaking hand carving, or by burning the materials with a soldering iron. The tires used range in thickness, texture and diameter, based on their

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Giant Portraits Made From Thousands of Repurposed Wine Corks by Scott Gundersen

Giant Portraits Made From Thousands of Repurposed Wine Corks by Scott Gundersen

The portraits start out as large photographs that Gundersen takes of his subjects. The photographs are then used as a reference, as he renders the faces into a large scale pencil portrait. After shading

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WASHED UP: Alejandro Durán Turns Mexican Ocean Trash Into Powerful Environmental Sculptures

WASHED UP: Alejandro Durán Turns Mexican Ocean Trash Into Powerful Environmental Sculptures

Through the course of the project, documented with this striking photo series, Durán has identified washed up products from as many as 42 countries. His work illuminates the "far-reaching impact of our

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Artomik’s Mod Recycled Foam Board Mobiles Add a Pop of Color to Bland Rooms

Artomik’s Mod Recycled Foam Board Mobiles Add a Pop of Color to Bland Rooms

If you're an architect or designer, you probably remember what it's like to have a ton of leftover foam board from your projects and not really know what to do with it. Well Artomik is making great use of

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Sleeper Cells: A Cluster of Porcupine-Esque Huts Made from Found Wood

Sleeper Cells: A Cluster of Porcupine-Esque Huts Made from Found Wood

"Sleeper Cell: A group of people who remain dormant in a community until activated, by a prearranged signal, to perform acts of espionage, sabotage, or terrorism," is the definition Husky cites on her

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Put a Fork In It: Artist Creates Metal Bodice Out of Recycled Forks for Her 40th Birthday

Put a Fork In It: Artist Creates Metal Bodice Out of Recycled Forks for Her 40th Birthday

Artist Laura Ann Jacobs wanted to do something symbolic when she turned forty (typically a cringe-worthy number for many women), so she invited her San Francisco area friends to a "Put a fork in it, I'm

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Canadian Artist Roadsworth Builds a ‘Fragile’ Ecosystem Out of Shopping Mall Trash

Canadian Artist Roadsworth Builds a ‘Fragile’ Ecosystem Out of Shopping Mall Trash

Gibson isn't exactly known for his mall art; he made a name for himself starting in 2001 by painting bike lanes and other symbols on the streets of Montreal to raise awareness about car culture and

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Providence’s Wooly Fair Brings Artists and Visitors to the Moon

Providence’s Wooly Fair Brings Artists and Visitors to the Moon

An astronomical amount of the space pods and costumes were crafted from recycled materials. One pod was filled with papier-mache moon rocks that emitted an unearthly glow at night. There was even an

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Yong Ho Ji’s Stirring Sculptures are Crafted from Layers of Recycled Tires

Yong Ho Ji’s Stirring Sculptures are Crafted from Layers of Recycled Tires

From afar, the sculptures are surprisingly realistic, until a closer look reveals that what you thought was a horse-like figure, in fact has the tail of a chicken and stands on cows legs. The artist

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Awesome Circuit Board Robot Built Entirely from E-Waste

Awesome Circuit Board Robot Built Entirely from E-Waste

With the electronics world outdoing itself at every turn, your next gadget will be obsolete almost the moment you purchase it. Mike Schropp over at Total Geekdom believes that we can still find use for

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PHOTOS: The Best Green Designs at London’s Central St. Martins’ Graduate Show

PHOTOS: The Best Green Designs at London’s Central St. Martins’ Graduate Show

Product designer David Bennett created a fantastic machine called Natural Factory that you can bring to the beach for building public seating, while engaging people in a DIY activity. The idea behing the

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Elaborate Iconic Portraits Give Junk Mail a Second Life

Elaborate Iconic Portraits Give Junk Mail a Second Life

Sandhi Schimmel Gold has transformed the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” by literally recycling thousands of unwanted type to create these stunning pieces of art! Giving a new life to old

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Incredible Rooftop Treehouse In Amsterdam Made From Fruit & Veggie Crates

Incredible Rooftop Treehouse In Amsterdam Made From Fruit & Veggie Crates

Before you get to thinking you can go see this now, van Munster's installation was actually back in 2004 as part of the temporary exhibition, "Mark", for the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. The treehouse was

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Nava Lubelski Turns Depressing Tax Returns Into Cool Rolled Up Art

Nava Lubelski Turns Depressing Tax Returns Into Cool Rolled Up Art

If you have dozens of ugly, depressing tax returns filling up your filing cabinet, then these scrawling art pieces might be just the thing you need to see. Nava Lubelski rolls up tax returns, rejection

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Recycled Tub Chair Is the Perfect Place to Relax Without All the Water

Recycled Tub Chair Is the Perfect Place to Relax Without All the Water

The Tub Chair is very unusual to say the least - but who says you can't create curious new things from recycled materials? Designed by Frees co, the Tub Chair is a sofa made from a bathtub cut-out, lined

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Lattice: A Recycled Eco Art Installation That Sprouts and Grows

Lattice: A Recycled Eco Art Installation That Sprouts and Grows

Artist Jeff Schmuki uses common materials and repurposes them into art that comments on the real costs of over-consumption. Lattice is an undulating soft sculpture composed of nylon fabric tubes stuffed

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Helmut Smits Transforms Ordinary Cans into Kitschy n’ Cool Sculpture Art

Helmut Smits Transforms Ordinary Cans into Kitschy n’ Cool Sculpture Art

At first glance, this might look like an ordinary drum set to you, but take a closer look -- the instruments are actually miniature works of eco art created using ordinary metal cans. Dutch artist Helmut

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Kitengela: Off-Grid Recycled Glass Village Lights Up Kenya’s Masaai Plains

Kitengela: Off-Grid Recycled Glass Village Lights Up Kenya’s Masaai Plains

At Kitengela, nature always comes first. Just half an hour's drive south from the dirty din of the country's capital, Nairobi, the village is overgrown with lush plants, trees, and vines of every variety.

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Nick Georgiou’s Recycled Newspaper Art Channels Edvard Munch’s “Scream”

Nick Georgiou’s Recycled Newspaper Art Channels Edvard Munch’s “Scream”

Nick Georgiou recycles his old newspapers, but probably not in the same way that most people do. The Queens, NY based green artist makes three dimensional sculptures from the waste material including the

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Hironobu Yamabe’s “Short by Short” Eco Art Frames its Own Waste

Hironobu Yamabe’s “Short by Short” Eco Art Frames its Own Waste

Japanese designer Hironobu Yamabe’s “Short by Short” is a provocative and interesting art piece as well as an eye-opening lesson in waste management. Each Short by Short artwork is an unfinished

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