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A Frugal Town in Lithuania Erects a Christmas Tree Made from 40,000 Recycled Plastic Bottles

December 5, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Okay municipalities of the world, pay attention. For a third consecutive year the city of Kaunas, Lithuania approached artist Jolanta Šmidtienė to assist with their annual holiday decorating. Recognizing the city’s somewhat dire financial state the artist challenged herself to build something that wouldn’t rely on any administrative funds set aside for the event. The result: an enormous 13-meter tall Christmas tree made from nearly 40,000 recycled green bottles and zip ties. At night the tree is lit from the inside resulting in a glowing, translucent, emerald green spruce that’s making headlines across the country. I would love it if Chicago had the ambition to do something like this. (via delfi, lrytas.lt)

 

 



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Enormous World Map Made from Recycled Computers by Susan Stockwell

November 10, 2011

Christopher Jobson

UK-based artist Susan Stockwell recently completed this gigantic world map made from recycled computer components for the University of Bedfordshire. Entitled World, the piece has been in progress since 2010 and uses motherboards, electrical wiring, fans, and myriad other components donated by Secure IT Recycling. Although Stockwell has worked with electronic components for additional projects, her work with paper is also extraordinary and has been making the rounds quite a bit.

If you liked this, also check out the work of Murilo Melo.

 

 



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Scrap Metal Sculpture

November 2, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Artist Stephen Fitz-Gerald uses scavenged scrap metal to create these wonderful figurative sculptures. Starting with molds taken from live models he welds together industrial steel punch parts, fencing swords, and laser-cut steel scrap into these beautiful pieces that can weigh up to 100 pounds. See much more of his work here. Thanks Stephen for sharing your work with Colossal!

 

 



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Vintage Thimble Planters and Moss Terrariums

September 9, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Here’s your daily dose of, well, moss. Behold these vintage thimble planters by Patricia Buzo and the Moss Terrarium Bottle made from recycled wine bottles over on Uncommon Goods. For people, like me, who have zero real estate for plants yet often find things growing under their bed.

 

 



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Enormous Cows Made from Recycled Car Parts

September 3, 2011

Christopher Jobson

The education section of Helsinki-based sculptor Miina Äkkijyrkkä’s CV is very telling, it reads: 1965-1966 Equine College Ypäjä; 1967-1968 Dairy Farming School of North-Savo; 1969-1973 The School of the Fine Arts of Finland. Meaning that for the better part of nearly 50 years Äkkijyrkkä has been working with cows, both in their care and using them as a muse in her lengthy career as an artist. Indeed, a section of her website reads “Models” and links to a gallery of nothing but cows. Her sculptures are immense. She purchases dozens of used vehicles from dealers around Finland and uses the colorful scraps to form these towering bovines that at times look coincidentally like an At At from Star Wars. Although a completely different artform, this symbiosis of cow and human reminded me of Miru Kim (nsfw) who famously photographs herself nude with pigs; the photos are really quite stunning. (via illusion, photos by juha metso)

 

 



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Geodesic Spheres Made from Recycled Materials by Nick Sayers

August 16, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Graphic designer Nick Sayers has mastered the art of geodesic sphere making, using materials ranging from bicycle wheels to tape measurers. These are some of my favorites including a light made with 270 poker playing cards, one from 120 British rail tickets, and another constructed with 60 slotted plastic Coke bottles. All of his spheres are made without glue or adhesive relying solely on strategically placed cuts in the materials to hold everything together. (via make)

 

 



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Films on Fridges: London’s Premiere Cinema Constructed from Abandoned Refrigerators

August 1, 2011

Christopher Jobson


Former site of Hackney Fridge Mountain

Film on Fridges is an ongoing film festival in East London built primarily out of discarded refrigerators. The space was the former site of an enormous refrigerator dumping ground where the old appliances were stacked over 20 feet deep and could literally be seen from space (though arguably what can’t you see from space these days?).

Films on Fridges resurrects this industrial icon in the form of a playful and interactive outdoor pop-up cinema. In celebration of the upcoming Olympics, the cinema will screen films athletic in nature.

Films include Rocky, Chariots of Fire, and Cool Runnings, and by the looks of it many of the screenings are already sold out, so if you’re in London and want to catch a nice outdoor movie in a cinema constructed from refrigerators, this is your chance. Runs through August 13th. Read more over on the Guardian.

Photos courtesy Nina Pope and Johanna Neurath. (via stellar)

 

 

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