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New Split-View Trash Sculptures by Bordalo II Combine Wood and Colorful Plastics Into Gigantic Animals

New Split-View Trash Sculptures by Bordalo II Combine Wood and Colorful Plastics Into Gigantic Animals

July 21, 2017

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Kate Sierzputowski

Bordalo II (previously) has created a series of bisected animals, colorful plastics forming one half of the creature while a combination of wood and metal created a muted mirror on the other side. In one piece the Portuguese artist created a turtle with legs that extend to the ground, appearing to crawl along the side of a a low wall in Moncton, Canada. Other works are more monumental, such as a rabbit that extends two stories in Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal, and a raccoon that seems to dangle head first from a building in Pittsburgh. More



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New Sculptural Eyewear Produced From Salvaged Street Metal and Found Objects by Cyrus Kabiru

New Sculptural Eyewear Produced From Salvaged Street Metal and Found Objects by Cyrus Kabiru

Mar.24.17

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Kate

Self-taught Kenyan artist Cyrus Kabiru (previously) fashions extravagant eyewear from pieces of found metal and other salvaged materials on the streets of his hometown of Nairobi. Kabiru has been building his futuristic glasses since childhood, and dedicates much of his time to producing works for his C-Stunner series of eyeglasses and coordinating photographs. Recently Kabiru has begun to expand his work to include large non-body-based sculptures, installations, and collage. More



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New Animalistic Trash Sculptures by Bordalo II Spring Up Around the Globe

New Animalistic Trash Sculptures by Bordalo II Spring Up Around the Globe

Sep.26.16

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Christopher

Instead of contemplating a series of sketches or attempting to envision how an artwork will come together, Portuguese artist Bordalo II (previously here and here) begins each of his animal sculptures in a grimy hunt for raw materials in junk yards or abandoned factories. Car bumpers, tires, door panels, mountains of malleable plastic bumpers, and even entire vehicles are stacked and bolted to the sides of buildings to resemble everything from pelicans to foxes and tiny rodents. More



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Drawings on Discarded Trash Left in Public Places by Artist Wenyi

Drawings on Discarded Trash Left in Public Places by Artist Wenyi

Sep.2.16

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Kate

Chinese artist Wenyi wanders the streets of his home in Dali, Yunnan Province, China, gathering bits of discarded cardboard to use as his canvas. Wenyi then takes the bits of trash he finds and draws the surroundings on each object. The small pieces range from quick black and white sketches to colorful drawings of entire homes, each a snapshot of his hometown. After sketching the scenery Wenyi places his completed works back into their original locations, imbuing the everyday refuse with art. More



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Discarded Fishing Nets and Other Ocean Trash Repurposed Into Running Shoes

Discarded Fishing Nets and Other Ocean Trash Repurposed Into Running Shoes

Jun.8.16

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Kate

Stitched with thread produced from discarded fishing nets, Adidas‘ newest shoes are a collaboration with the ocean activist collective and company Parley for the Oceans. The idea for the shoe was hatched last year, but was more of a idealistic prototype than a ready-to-wear option for the masses. Today however, Adidas is releasing fifty pairs of the sneaker, a shoe composed of more than 16 old plastic bottles and 13 grams of gill nets. More



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Earthships: Meet a Community in New Mexico Living in Incredible Off-The-Grid Homes Built From Trash

Earthships: Meet a Community in New Mexico Living in Incredible Off-The-Grid Homes Built From Trash

Dec.8.15

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Christopher

Fresh out of architectural school in 1972, Michael Reynolds immediately started to question much of what he had just learned. Why build houses with trees when forests are something we want to preserve? Why pay for electricity, water, and heat when all of it can be provided off-the-grid using existing materials and renewable resources like wind, rain, and solar?
Reynolds set out to design a home built from dirt, tires, aluminum cans and other repurposed objects and so successful others began to take notice. More



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Kenyan Artist Digs Through Electronic Refuse and Found Metal to Create Dazzling Sculptural Eyewear

Kenyan Artist Digs Through Electronic Refuse and Found Metal to Create Dazzling Sculptural Eyewear

Jul.17.15

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Kate

Digging through electronic refuse and found metal in Kenya’s capital of Nairobi, Cyrus Kabiru refashions found materials into different wearable forms. Often these take the form of flamboyantly composed glasses, large eyewear that can often mask the entire face.
Kabiru explains that his glasses obsession started at a young age, and blossomed as his father crushed his dreams of owning his own pair. “When I was young, I used to admire real glasses but my dad was a bit harsh and he never wanted me to have real glasses. More



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Discarded Plastic Fishing Nets Retrieved from the Ocean Used in New Shoe Prototype

Discarded Plastic Fishing Nets Retrieved from the Ocean Used in New Shoe Prototype

Jul.6.15

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Kate

Adidas is now designing shoes from our oceans’ detritus, recently producing the world’s first prototype with parts constructed from ocean plastic and illegal deep-sea gillnets. The athletic apparel manufacture partnered with Parley for the Oceans as collaborators, a group of creators, thinkers, and leaders who design projects that aim to end the destruction of our oceans.
The community explains, “Our oceans are about to collapse and there is not much time to turn it around. More



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New Trash and Found Object Murals by ‘Bordalo II’ on the Streets of Lisbon

New Trash and Found Object Murals by ‘Bordalo II’ on the Streets of Lisbon

May.25.15

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Christopher

Artist Bordalo II (previously here and here) uses old tires, bumpers, and other scraps of painted found trash to form towering 3D murals of animals on the streets of Lisbon, Portugal. Collected here are several pieces from the last few months, and you can see much more on Facebook. (via Beautiful/Decay) More



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New Historical Portraits on Flattened Cans by Kim Alsbrooks

New Historical Portraits on Flattened Cans by Kim Alsbrooks

May.20.15

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Kate

Kim Alsbrooks (previously) began painting historical portraits on crushed cans in 2004 while living in the South. The series “My White Trash Family” was born out of the frustration of prevailing ideologies of class distinction, ideas she decided to challenge by placing portraits of the past onto everyman’s consumerist leftovers. These paintings are typically depicted straight from 17th to 18th centuries, and tend to match the material environment they are placed upon (either through color choice, content, or both). More



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Washed Up: Alejandro Duran’s Site-Specific Found Plastic and Trash Installations

Washed Up: Alejandro Duran’s Site-Specific Found Plastic and Trash Installations

Apr.18.15

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Christopher

Working along a single stretch of coastline in Sian Ka’an, Mexico’s largest federally-protected reserve, artist Alejandro Duran collects countless bits of trash that washes up from locations around the world. So far he’s discovered plastic debris from dozens of countries on this shore of the Caribbean coast which he utilizes for site site-specific installations for an ongoing project titled Washed Up. By creating aesthetically pleasing landscapes from a disheartening medium, it’s Duran’s hope to create a harsh juxtaposition that draws attention to the global catastrophe of ocean pollution. More

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