St. Louis artist Sarah Frost uses thousands of keys from discarded computer keyboards to create enormous textured grids.
Supremely awesome shot glasses made from recycled bottle glass by Austin artists Dean & Carrie Wolf.
Make Do is a modular construction set consisting of assorted connectors and hinges that allows you to create just about anything you can image with discarded materials found around your home or office. Finally something to do with all that Christmas trash that’s fun for the whole family. (via dornob)
Portraits carved from phone books by artist Alex Queral. This is just about the only good use of a phone book I can think of.
Taking an ordinary phone book, Alex Queral carves a face into this object of so many faceless names. With the book, a very sharp X-ACTO® knife, a little pot of acrylic medium to set detail areas and a great deal of talent, Queral literally peels away the pages like the skin of an onion to reveal the portrait within. Once the carving is complete, he will often apply a black wash to enhance the features and then seal the entire book with acrylic to preserve the work. However, he never loses the line registration; and the book remains quite pliable.
Love these DIY batteries made from coffee grounds, aluminum, copper and salt water by mischer’traxler. The design was one of three winning entries in a competition entitled SUSTAIN.ABILITY.DESIGN, sponsored by Vienna Design Week organizers Neigungsgruppe Design and Nespresso Austria.
The energy for the movement of the sweep hands is powered by 17 simple, self made batteries. Each battery-block consists of used old aluminium capsules, coffee grounds, strips of copper and salt water. In this mixture between a soil battery and a salt water battery the aluminium functions as the anode, the copper as cathode and the salt water as electrolyte. Due to a chemical reactions a small, but usable, amount of energy is created. Each battery produces about 1,5 – 1,7 Volts of potential and enough power to run a electro–mechanical Quartz clockwork.
Some quick back-of-the-envelope calculations based on my personal coffee consumption over the past decade suggests I could have built a battery large enough to reduce foreign oil dependency in the U.S. by about 15%. (via dezeen)
New work by London-based artist Nick Gentry who paints on recycled floppy disks.