Artfully assembled rubbish by Tim Noble and Sue Webster


It was whilst working for Gilbert and George as students in the late 1990s that Brit artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster  began experimenting with the assemblage of household rubbish.  Born out of this was their first shadow sculpture ‘Miss Understood & Mr Meanor’ which is sculpted out of six months’ worth of the artists’ rubbish – the remains of everything they needed to survive during the time it took to make the work.  When lit from behind, shadows from the piles of rubbish manifest themselves as highly realistic profiles of people.  They have since gone on to receive international acclaim with their work now exhibited the world over from the Guggenheim, New York to the National Portrait Gallery, London.  Pictured above Wild Mood Swings (2009-2010).

self_imposed_miserySelf-imposed Misery (2010)

dirty_white_trash_1998ADirty White Trash (with Gulls) (1998)

the_individualThe Individual (2012)


Author: Antonia Edwards

Antonia is the founding editor of Upcyclist. Based in the UK, she is the author of two books: 'Upcyclist: Reclaimed and Remade Furniture, Lighting and Interiors' (Prestel 2015) and 'Renovate Innovate: Reclaimed and Upcycled Homes' (Prestel 2017).