Art isn’t just an expression of an individual. Furthermore, it also serves as a means of educating the society. A great work of art successfully elicits the attention of the viewer. However, it is then the responsibility of the artists to utilize it in a positive way. They should make sure that the viewer takes a positive message from their art. Now more than ever we stand in need of such messages. Due to the high environmental impact of modern human civilization, the world stands in need of sustainability. In fact, it is actually only a few countries that are harming the planet. Therefore, keeping this in mind, artists from all around the world are again and again raising this message through sustainable art.
9 – Sustainable art made using recycled materials
Recycling along with upcycling is one of the most important solutions for pollution. However, why do we not stop using such products at all in the first place? Millions of plastic bottles are used by the USA alone every hour. We should stop or reduce using paper or plastic since recycling them is an expensive task too. Here are some artists who made their artwork using recycled materials.
1. Aurora Robson
Aurora has saved an approximate of 30,000 plastic bottles from entering the trash on either land or sea. They have not been put through expensive recycling systems either. She creates organic sculptures with the concept of space and sea life. These installations are 3D, apart from the collage she makes using the paper junk.
2. Julia Anne Goodman
Julia is another artist who converts paper and mashes into a pulp. This pulp is used to make recycled paper. She began this work in 2003 to create her sculptures. One such artwork includes the “Certain is Nothing Now” which depicts a tornado hit area. She used paper waste to show the destruction caused by a dreadful natural disaster.
3. Miwa Koizumi
Have you heard of an artificial aquarium made of trashed water bottles? Well, Miwa Koizumi developed the concept and used PET (polythene terephtlalate plastic) to make the sea creatures. This artwork is a message to the world about how the sea is getting polluted by the plastic waste, thus affecting the fish and other water creatures. This depiction is an important message to the world, to prohibit the pollution of natural forms, be it sea, forest or air.
4. Sumer Erek:
He has come up with a concept called as “Newspaper house.” It simply means the production of sustainable art using old and used newspapers. He tries to renew old paper and use the content and the images to get involved in the structure. Thus, he gave identity to the people or objects in news through Newspaper House.
5. Caroline Saul
Her concept of Bulbous forms has been appreciated worldwide. She has transformed discarded objects into a work of art. She uses melted, reformed and tarnished plastic in her artworks. The transformation makes this material soft, thus giving it a flexible and easy to use characteristic.
Here at Greendiary, we keep informing you about unusually green sculptures that come together to create a different genus of sustainable art. The amazing grass sculptures, dubbed as ça pousse! (it’s growing!), created by French artist Mathilde Roussel-Giraudy fall under the same category for their use of soil, wheat seed and recycled metal.
Providing you with an insight into the artist’s rural upbringing in an old French farmhouse, the “anthropomorphic and organic” sculptures are mesmeric enough to make you overlook the rural connection. The New Yorkers could visit Brooklyn’s Invisible Dog Gallery to see her art in person. Else, follow the link that leads you to her site.
7. Sustainable Harley Davidson from recycled cardboard
Art student Kenny Scott nurtures a penchant for creating great things essentially out of waste. Unable to bear all the recycled cardboard going to waste Kenny thought of crafting something green and sustainable out if it and within six weeks he was done with it. He constructed a full-scale replica of Harley Davidson using throwaway cardboard, paper glue and a craft knife. Suffused with intricate details the model’s stunning looks resembling a genuine roaring Harley take you for a ride.
Encouraged by the success of his creation which won the best in show at the University of Central Lancashire end-of-year exhibition, Kenny now aspires to create a full-scale replica of a Spitfire, the World War II fighter plane. He is currently on the lookout for an airplane hangar to build one. Anyone willing to help!
8. Origami Folding Lamp
The exact origin of origami has been disputed though it is known that the art had become an integral part of Shinto wedding ceremonies by 700 AD. The art remains highly prized in Japan and is now being integrated into modern life in the guide of functional elements like this innovative set of Origami Lights. As its name suggests, the shade of the light fixture is made of recycled cotton paper that is folded into an intricate shape to give the lamp a delicate look.
The origami folding light fixture is designed by artist Jiangmei Wu who used his own interpretation of the ancient art to create the stunning lampshade. The organic material used for its construction means that it is far more sustainable than regular lamp shades. The designer actually sends the lamp shades packed flat which makes it convenient to transport and the buyer can assemble it home using the given instructions. This also allows the users to dismantle the shade when it gets dirty, clean it, fold it up again and make his lampshade stay new-looking for longer.
Entirely self-supportive when folded, the origami lamp uses LED lamps to make the light fixture even more environment-friendly. Even though the designer has not specified it, we do believe that using an incandescent or traditional light bulb with this lampshade will cause it to yellow up or even burn down as they emit far more heat than LED lamps.
This art work is about fossilizing wasteful technology which once thrived in a society obsessed with consumerism. It clearly envisages an age in which our future civilizations forgo the use of bits of metal and plastic for a thoroughly sustainable lifestyle. Its’ an art work that would help them learn about outdated technology which best represents the disposability of today’s lifestyle. The concrete replicas by artist Christopher Locke have been created to reflect with intricate detail the electronic nature of the gadgets used in present times. Only time will tell whether our prospective generations get excited by these relics or actually scorn at their wasteful pedigree.
Recycling plastic or paper can give some amazing sustainable art forms. A few easy steps and you can convert the plastic you were just about to throw in the trash bin into something valuable.