Art & Objects

22
JUN
2011

Weird and Wonderful

Having just stumbled across this article on Belgian talent Erik Zwaga, it wasn’t going to be long before I’d start raving about his upcycled art. In addition to the humorous and surrealist aspect to his work, I love the way he groups twee decorative objects to create... Read More →
20
JUN
2011

Canopy of Cups

This canopy is made of waste cups created by attendees of the Outside Lands concert in San Francisco.  The project by BIOS Design Collective involved stringing steel cable mesh above the Stable Cafe patio in equidistant lines. Designer Chris Chalmers created the layout for the... Read More →
13
JUN
2011

Installations by Susie MacMurray

It’s impossible not to be blown away by the work of Susie MacMurray – a former classical musician turned artist whose work encompasses drawing, sculpture and architectural installations.  She has gained particular recognition for her site-specific interventions in... Read More →
23
MAY
2011

Grand designs: a cathedral built entirely from salvage

Certainly one for the bible of eco design… An elderly Benedictine Monk from a quiet Madrid neighbourhood has built an entire cathedral out of reclaimed materials.  After falling ill with tuberculosis, Justo Martinez (aka Don Justo) promised himself that if he recovered, he... Read More →
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21
MAY
2011

City lights: A house made from coloured plexiglass by Tom Fruin

Kolonihavehus is a stunning outdoor sculpture by American artist Tom Fruin. It’s constructed from a thousand pieces of reclaimed plexiglass salvaged from a closed down plexi distributor, a framing shop, the basement of the Danish State Art Workshops and skips outside the... Read More →
01
MAY
2011

Plastic Fantastic: Jewellery made from PET bottles

It’s impossible not to marvel at these stunning pieces by Gülnur Özdağlar which began their lives as plastic bottles.  The Turkish architect who also works in graphic design, photography and digital art has been producing jewellery and home decorations from recycled PET... Read More →
07
DEC
2010

Paper rose made from dollar bills

An expensive genre of upcycling perhaps, but I couldn’t resist! PaperAffection on Etsy make durable origami jewellery, hairgrips and ornaments. This Money Rose is made of five $1 bills. Images via Etsy Read More →
07
DEC
2010

Canopy of white umbrellas by Organelle Design

Another gem in Organelle Design’s portfolio is GO! Gallery – a collaborative project which involved creating a temporary gallery in a forgotten courtyard at the heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown. A sculptural umbrella canopy hung above the chosen site to create an... Read More →