We’re big on recycling in my house. We dutifully separate our glass and recyclables and drag our bins out to the curb each week. We take outdated electronics and computers to the local computer recycling center. We turn old clothes into rags, and my son draws on the back side of scrap paper. But I think we can get a lot more creative when it comes to reuse. More and more artists are turning old junk into paintings, jewelry, sculptures, furniture, and even buildings.
Traditional art supplies contain toxins that can be dangerous to our health and to ecosystems. What better way to make creating art more green than to use something Americans create 230 million tons of every year: garbage?
Are you not convinced that garbage can be beautiful? Check out these galleries of recycled art:
- Cult Case: The Art of Junk
- Web Urbanist: Creative Recycled Art, Architecture, and Design
- Web Urbanist: Recycled Treasures Converted into Inspired Art
And my favorite:
I’ve seen lots of nifty recycled art at our local craft market: night lights made out of cat food cans, sculptures made out of computer chips, and handbags made from old tires. And a search for recycled goods on Etsy turns up 147,500 results. It makes me wonder, what might I turn an old milk carton into? A birdhouse, a lantern, a dish-washing robot?
Do you create or admire recycled art? Tell me about it.