Making Art from Recycled Trash

You have probably heard the saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” This phrase takes on a whole new meaning when it comes to turning garbage into works of art.

Here are some unique pieces of art made from items we throw away every day.

“The Peace Angels Project”
Artist Lin Evola-Smidt turned weapons into sculptures in an effort to stop gun violence in Los Angeles. She convinced residents to give up their guns, which she melted to create statues of angels. In 1997, she completed the 13-foot-tall “Renaissance Peace Angel,” which was moved to Ground Zero after the 9/11 terror attacks.

“Seven Wasted Men”
British artist Michelle Reader has been recycling garbage into artwork for more than 20 years. Her most famous work is known as “Seven Wasted Men.” Reader created seven life-size figures inspired by real people based on three weeks’ worth of their own household waste.

Nature-Inspired Tires
Belgian artist Wim Delvoye doesn’t let used tires go to waste. He manually carves and sculpts beautiful designs into the rubber – maintaining the tire’s structure while incorporating nature-inspired elements such as flowers and vines.

“Shadow Sculptures”
They may not look like much upon first glance, but the heaps of trash transform into artistic shadows when lights are pointed on them at just the right angle. Artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster precisely set each piece of debris in place to create shadows of people sitting, standing or talking.

“Corner Forest”
Most of us tend to toss toilet paper rolls into the trash without a second thought, but Japanese artist Yuken Teruya reworks them into tree-inspired sculptures. They are designed to remind us that the cardboard tubes were once part of forests which could be destroyed if our society continues its wasteful habits.

Hard Drives, Reimagined
Used hard drives don’t have to end up in the trash pile. Miguel Rivera, a U.S. Air Force systems administrator, collects broken hard drives and other computer parts and turns them into race cars, robots and more.

Garbage Lamps
Some recycled artwork is just as useful as it is visually appealing. Italian artist Maurizio Lamponi Leopardi creates unique lamps from vacuum cleaners, hairdryers and coffee makers. You can even buy some of his designs for your own home.

Sculptures from Spoons
Japanese sculptor Sayaka Ganz uses plastic spoons and other reclaimed materials to create her animal designs. She says growing up with the Shinto belief that all things have spirits moved her to turn discarded items into something beautiful.

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