Trees cut from shopping bags by Yuken Teruya

Yuken Teruya

Japanese artist Yuken Teruya carves miniature trees from discarded shopping bags.  The trees are part of a series called Notice – Forest.   Tacked to the wall, the inside of the Cartier, Tiffany & Co and McDonalds bags become shadow boxes, revealing intricate diorama.  The Saatchi gallery says “In Notice Forest, the artist subtly draws our attention to the effects of consumerism and globalism — alluding to the depletion of fragile natural resources, the disappearance of cultural traditions and identities, and the distribution of wealth in the new world order.”

Yuken Teruya

Yuken Teruya

yuken teruya

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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).