First came painting and photography, after it came cartoons and movies, which are, in some sense, moving paintings or photos. Nevertheless, art forms like sculpture didn’t see this emancipation. It is pretty much the same as it was. However, now that we are in the 21st Century, this doesn’t have to be the case. Sculptors all around the world are now breaking the boundaries. With kinetic sculptures in the mix, motion is no longer a restraint for the sculptures. Furthermore, some of these sculptures even utilize renewable resources like wind energy for their motion and even utilize junk materials thus making a sustainable statement as well. Let’s check them out.
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The world is fast moving in two directions. First is the direction of consumerism, which exploits all the available natural resources in the hope of gaining profit from them. Second is that of sustainability. It includes people who try to restore the damage that this thinking about profitability does to the environment. However, as of now, the second is far behind the first. Unless we include sustainability even in the smallest of our choices, we cannot balance this scale. Furthermore, it should be a societal change and not an individual one. For example, opting for something like paper jewelry over the conventional one is a great choice.
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Paper is one such natural product that has endless possibilities. Right from the crafts at school to big hoardings, paper is used everywhere. This paper is now being utilized as the base material for designer jewelry. Paper jewelry designers are constantly at work in creating cufflinks, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, etc. from various sorts of thrown away papers. You will really be surprised at the colorful jewelry pieces made from disposed off bar tags, thrown away shopping bills and coupons, torn pages from magazines. Here are ten such jewelries made from different types of disposed paper.
A true artist is someone who understands the pain of other beings and then exposes it to the world through his or her art. From Picasso to Van Gaugh, the greatest artists of their times put on display human suffering. Poverty and despair were their recurring themes. However, although these themes are as relevant today as they once were, right now we have many other pressing themes as well. Our environment is suffering under the burden of human exploitation. In its own silent way, it is venting out its suffering. Trapped in the world of material prosperity, we are ignorant of it. Nevertheless, artists like Takeshi Kawano aren’t ignorant like us. With their artworks like melting animal sculptures, these artists are showing us what nature has been trying to convey us for so long.
Landfills are dumped with waste every day and it is very important to decrease the load chucked on these waste grounds. One very hazardous type of waste thrown out of our home is electronic devices and components. Did you know that we discard more than 20 million tonnes of e-waste every year? Not only is this waste non-degradable, but it is also highly toxic. In fact, about two-thirds of our toxic waste is e-waste. It contains many harmful chemicals that leach into the earth and pollute the land as well as water.
Did you know that there are plant species that work as natural air purifiers? Well, there are more than many uses of keeping plants inside your house. In fact, they even have a complex beauty about them which no other artwork can compare. So, what if we combine both, what we make plants a part of our art. No, we are not talking about gardens and parks, we are talking about natural home decor. By including art created using moss in it, you can add that subtle natural touch to your house, which it might be lacking. Here’s how you should go about it.
We have explored a large portion of the world, nevertheless, we still have to explore about 99% of our oceans. Well, in an effort do the same, we have sent many underwater sea missions to reach the deepest portions of our oceans. However, although we didn’t reach there earlier, one of our creations was already there. No matter which area of the ocean we explore, we discover that plastic is already there. In fact, when we consider microplastic, then plastic is there even inside most of the marine animals. The problem right now is severe, marine plastic pollution is one of the biggest challenges that the world’s oceans are facing. There is a dire need to stop it at the earliest for it is detrimental for marine wildlife. Many communities and organizations worldwide are doing their best to stop this serious problem by discouraging and banning plastic use.
The modern world needs modern art and modern art needs a modern expression. We need to create not only sustainable art but also art that doesn’t look trashy. Nothing symbolizes our modern city life better than flashing neon signs. However, keeping in mind the electricity expenses, these neon signs aren’t what we might like to call eco-friendly. So, we are bound to look for other alternatives. Although there’s a list of eco-friendly lighting options available in the market because of its efficiency and longevity LED lighting stands head and shoulders above the rest. Therefore, at least when it comes to flashy signboards, LED art might replace neon lights in the near future.
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Right now, our condition is the exact opposite of how it was in earlier times. Back in the days, we suffered from lack, now we suffer from overabundance. The same goes for art too. Artists of the earlier times couldn’t find oil, paint and stones for their art. On the other hand, nowadays, artists suffer from an overabundance of materials. Thanks to consumerism, they have so much to choose from that they don’t know which material to utilize. Nevertheless, there are certain artists for whom this choice is pretty clear. These are the artists who wish to make a sustainable statement. They don’t need oil and paint, they want to create art out of recycled trash.
Sustainability is a big issue, so why not the artworks that are depicting be big too? This might be the very motivation that is driving artists from all around the world to make gigantic sculptures using recycled materials. These not only grace the cities in which they are in, moreover, they also make an eco-friendly statement. Right now, in many parts of the world, people are suffering from an environmental crisis. To make sure that this doesn’t stretch to the other parts of the world, we need to make sure that we throw enough light on the current problem. Through artworks, television shows or whatever else that grabs the attention of the people, we need to make sure that we direct it towards the environmental issues.
Gone are the days of CDs and DVDs. Well, not quite. Although we don’t use them as extensively as we once did, CDs and DVDs are still there. In fact, if you do a little decluttering in your house, it won’t be a surprise if you run into a box full of old CDs. If you take decluttering seriously, the first thing that would come to your mind is to throw them out. It is a good option, as far as your own peace of mind is concerned, but not otherwise. Since CDs and DVDs don’t decompose they stay in landfills like literally forever. Therefore, the best option would be to do something creative using recycled CDs.
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