art installation

11
NOV
2018
Ian Berry denim artist

INTERVIEW: Art and installation made from repurposed denim by Ian Berry

At school Ian Berry was known as the art one. But around aged 18, he didn’t turn up for his art foundation course and listening to those who said art wasn’t a way to make a living (something he now campaigns against when lecturing at schools and universities), went to... Read More →
18
JUL
2018

5 of the best art installations made from waste CDs

In an age of Netflix, Spotify and iTunes, we continue to leave behind a large trail of redundant CDs and DVDs. Turning those discs made from layers of aluminium and polycarbonate plastic into something useful, let alone beautiful is no easy feat. In the UK, only a handful of... Read More →
18
FEB
2018
Veronika Richterová fishes plastic bottle art

8 incredible examples of plastic bottle art and installation

The concept of plastic bottle art initially evoked flashbacks of Blue Peter’s Here’s one I made earlier. It’s hard to believe that something as ubiquitous as a used plastic bottle could ever be turned into a thing of beauty. There has been recent media attention... Read More →
18
JAN
2018
Clock made from upcycled bicycle wheel

Art and design made from used bicycle parts

When used bicycle parts get a second life as something beautiful, the term ‘upcycling’ couldn’t be more apt. Although an advocate of all things eco, I am one of the few Londoners that doesn’t do cycling – in fact, you couldn’t pay me to get on a Boris Bike. But... Read More →
25
JUL
2016
Rockaway Beach

Abandoned building installation by Katharina Grosse

This incredible art installation called Rockaway! is an old aquatics building at a former US Army base in Fort Tilden, New York. Structurally unsound due to the affects of hurricane Sandy in 2012, the abandoned building is set to be demolished later this year. Artist Katharina... Read More →
14
JUN
2016
Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 installation by Alejandro Aravena

Upcycled waste installation at Venice Architecture Biennale 2016

100 tonnes of waste generated at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2015 was reused for an installation at the 2016 Venice Biennale by Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena. Curating this year’s exhibition and the 15th of its kind, the co-founder of Elemental reused 10,000... Read More →
17
FEB
2016

Reclaimed wood installations by Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels

Artist Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels is an Australian-American artist living in Brooklyn. The New York art institution Clocktower Productions where Bothwell Fels was former artist-in-residence, describes her work as ‘submerging environments built into existing architecture,... Read More →
20
JAN
2016
Lumiere-London-2016-photo-by-Will-Eckersley

Lumiere London 2016

Last weekend, the chilly capital was aglow with dazzling light installations, projections and sculptures by various artists for 2016’s Lumiere festival by Artichoke. Among the 30 installations at Lumiere London was a piece called Litre of Light by Mick Stephenson, located... Read More →
04
NOV
2015
Susie-MacMurray-Cloud

Cloud by Susie Macmurray made from reclaimed barbed wire

From her Promenade (2010) featuring 105 miles of gold thread to her musical manuscript installation Resonance (2013), we continue to be amazed by Susie MacMurray‘s creations. For Cloud (2015) at The Great Hall, Winchester, MacMurray’s latest installation is made from... Read More →
25
SEP
2015

Prairie King by Stuart Haygarth

Stuart Haygarth was one of the first artists we featured on Upcyclist, along with his reconfigured collections of found objects, transformed into stunning chandeliers. A more recent piece from 2014 is Prairie King, which is based on a body of work inspired by the concept of play.... Read More →
21
SEP
2015
Pedro-Barata

Pedro Barata’s upcycled shipping container periscope

An architect with offices in Brazil and Portugal has created a 12m high periscope out of a shipping container. Superiscópio by Pedro Barata took just over a month to design and assemble and is described by the architect as the world’s largest periscope. The device offers... Read More →
28
JUL
2015

Photographs of advertising space on the New York subway

Wyatt Gallery (a person not a place) is an award-winning American photographer living between New York and the Caribbean. Many of his photos raise awareness and support for communities damaged by natural disaster such as Haiti and Hurricane Sandy. This year he exhibited a body of... Read More →
09
JUN
2015

Trash assemblage art by Bordalo Segundo

A Portuguese street artist Bordalo Segundo creates assemblage art from trash found on the streets of Lisbon. Using old tyres, scrap metal, steering wheels and other car parts, he adds oil paint into the mix to create giant 3D animal portraits that add a striking splash of colour... Read More →
19
MAY
2015
Paige-Smith-Urban-Geode-Art

Urban geode art by Paige Smith

“These installations are like hidden gems sprinkled across the world that invite us to actually look, to be playful and to participate in a glorious and global treasure hunt…My work is infused with a magical realism that encourages us to pause, to discover, to be... Read More →
06
MAR
2015

Sets built from furniture found on the street

Set in the Street, a collaboration between Justin Bettman and stylist Gozde Eker, is a Wes Anderson inspired photography project involving the salvaging of furniture and household items found on the streets of New York. Last December, elaborate sets were built and photographed,... Read More →
02
MAR
2015
upcyclist book antonia edwards

Upcyclist book out now!

After months of anticipation, Upcyclist’s first book ‘Upcyclist: Reclaimed and Remade Furniture Lighting and Interiors‘ is finally hot off the press and released in the UK today! Together with Prestel Publishing and the extremely talented designer Paul Sloman of... Read More →
02
FEB
2015
nespoon

Lace graffiti by NeSpoon

Delicate street art by Polish artist NeSpoon can be found in abandoned urban spaces all the way from Warsaw to Tunisia. Decorative lace touches are given to bins, parking metres and dilapidated buildings, resulting in a stunning and unexpected aesthetic effect which the artist... Read More →
07
JAN
2015

New Hotel Athens by Campana Brothers

Brazilian designers Fernando and Humberto Campana are renowned for  their reuse and re-appropriation to make furniture and interiors. Since launching in 1983 they have built an international reputation with works founded on the principles of reinvention an... Read More →
02
OCT
2014
Pichi & Avo

Shipping containers painted with Greek gods by Pichi & Avo

Earlier this year, Valencia based graffiti artists Pichi & Avo created a gargantuan work of art using a canvas of shipping containers covered in images of Greek gods. The imposing piece was originally created for the North West Walls Street Art Festival in Werchter, Belgium... Read More →
30
JUL
2014

Abandoned building jellyfish art installation in Liverpool

This month, a new art installation was revealed on a quiet street in Liverpool. A large fish tank full of serene jellyfish was installed behind the shutters of an abandoned building, emanating a beautiful blue glow by night. The work by Walter Hugo & Zoniel is called... Read More →
18
JUN
2014
Luz Interruptus

Installation of plastic bottle rejects by Luz Interruptus

Labyrinth of Plastic Waste is an installation by Luzinterruptus which featured in Poland’s Katowice Street Art Festival last month. “We were looking to demonstrate, in a poetic manner, the amount of plastic waste that is consumed daily, in addition to focusing... Read More →
11
MAY
2014

Upcycling by Athens collective Kollektivemind*

Kollektivemind* are an Athens based design team specialising in architectural research and implementation. Projects such as Argallios (loom) pictured above explore the potential of reuse and upcycling. Argallios took place at a primary school on the island of Crete and made use... Read More →
21
APR
2014

Sculpture from discarded paper cups by Lisa Hoke

Lisa Hoke‘s fascinating sculptures and installations are made from discarded paper and card, paper cups and household goods. Combined, the sprawling clusters of waste looks like blooming flowers and organic formations, highlighting the beauty in the colourful consumer... Read More →
11
FEB
2014
Agustina Woodgate

Stuffed animal skin rugs by Agustina Woodgate

Creations by American interdisciplinary artist Agustina Woodgate involve clever use of disregarded materials.  Skin Rugs is a collection of rugs made from disassembled stuffed animal toys. A play on the animal skin rug, she took the skins from unloved toys and stitched them... Read More →
23
JAN
2014
Charlotte Smith

Burnt out lightbulb art installation by Charlotte Smith

Ephemeral Rays is an installation of burnt out lightbulbs by artist Charlotte Smith, for a Fine Art degree show at the University of Kent last year. The lightbulbs are designed to give the viewer a sense of the volume of space and light within the galvanising shop in Chatham... Read More →
02
JAN
2014

John Lewis Christmas 2013 window display

Before it gets taken down, Londoners should make sure they check out this years Christmas window display at John Lewis on Oxford Street and the Peter Jones branch at Sloane Square.  The display by Chameleon Visual Ltd includes Arctic hares, bears, squirrels and penguins all made... Read More →
13
DEC
2013

Lucid Stead desert shack art installation

This beautiful installation is by American artist Phillip K. Smith.  ‘Lucid Stead’ is a weathered 70 year old homesteader shack in the Joshua Tree desert, California.  Transformed with mirrors and LED panels.  By day mirrors on the outside of the structure reflect its... Read More →
20
NOV
2013

Light installations made from waste at the Lumiere Festival

Last week the incredible Lumiere Festival lit up the city of Durham, UK.  The festival showcased stunning light installations by artists from all over the world. One of the works on show was Litre of Light by My Shelter Foundation, a Filipino charity that has brought light to... Read More →
31
OCT
2013

Musical manuscript art installation by Susie Macmurray

This summer, Susie MacMurray exhibited a new work at Fabrica gallery in Brighton, UK.  ‘Resonance’ is made up of thousands of musical manuscripts ranging from traditional hymns to modern jazz which are suspended from the ceiling of the gallery which used to be a... Read More →
07
AUG
2013

Party Wall built from skateboard bi-product at MoMA PS1

Architectural firm CODA have won the MoMA PS1 2013 young architects program.  Their project ‘Party Wall’ has been installed in the MoMA PS1 courtyard, a temporary urban landscape made of reclaimed wood donated by Comet who manufacture eco-friendly skateboards.  The... Read More →
03
AUG
2013

Giant reclaimed wood sculptures by Robots>>>>

I’ve been meaning to blog about awesome London art collective Robots>>>> ever since I saw their work ‘Everything is Beautiful When You Don’t Look Down’. It formed part of the Festival of the World last year and featured two imposing figures... Read More →
29
JUL
2013
Horang-ee (Tiger) in Chungju Korea by Klaus Dauven

Reverse graffiti art by Klaus Dauven

The stunning work of German artist Klaus Dauven is often described as ‘reverse graffiti’.  Rather than creating artwork by applying layers of spray paint to the urban environment, his work is about subtracting the dirt and grime from public areas to reveal beautiful... Read More →
20
JUN
2013

Train transformed into moving art installation by Doug Aitkin

Come September, artist Doug Aitkin will be turning a train into a kinetic sculpture (as per the rendering above), a moving cultural studio for a project called Station to Station. The art train on tour will stop at 10 locations across the USA and the artist will curate a site... Read More →
24
MAY
2013

Brighton landmark adorned with clothes for art installation

This weekend marks the end of this year’s Brighton Festival.  One of the highlights for me was seeing this artwork by one of Finland’s leading artists Kaarina Kaikkonen.  She uses everyday objects such as second-hand clothing, toilet paper and women’s shoes to create... Read More →
20
MAY
2013

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... Read More →
11
MAY
2013

Art Installation in Christchurch by Mike Hewson

Loving this installation by Mike Hewson.  The work pays homage to the Christchurch Normal School which was destined for demolition after being badly damaged in the Feb 2012 Christchurch earthquake. Images have been superimposed onto the building which was established in 1876 but... Read More →
09
APR
2013

Cutting edge sculpture crafted from stacked logs by Lee Jae-Hyo

These beautiful creations are by Korean artist Lee Jae-Hyo. A simple idea, brilliantly executed, the giant spheres are crafted using assembled logs and stainless steel nails.  The perfectly smooth finish of each piece is immediately satisfying on the eye and it’s incredible... Read More →
14
MAR
2013

Art made from matches by Pei-San Ng

Chicago artist Pei-San Ng likes to make things in modules.  Her work often involves using hundreds of identical everyday objects as pixels to create an image, word, symbol or icon.  The matches used in these works are designed to tease the viewer.  She says, “When you look at... Read More →
11
FEB
2013

Creatures crafted from broken electronics

These charming creatures are all made from broken electronics and machine parts, mobile phones and salvaged scraps, cleverly put together by Rhode Island artist Ann P. Smith whose work has been exhibited across the United States.  Her portfolio includes goats, birds, jellyfish,... Read More →
05
FEB
2013

Art and sculpture installation by Tadashi Kawamata

Japanese artist Tadashi Kawamata creates giant amorphous structures from found materials that he installs in public locations.  Structures made from wooden crates and boxes appear to engulf the buildings or flow out of them, transforming materials that are easily overlooked into... Read More →
22
NOV
2012

Art made from toilet rolls

You wouldn’t let the Andrex puppy into this art gallery. Trans-layers I and Trans-layers II are beautiful art installations made from the humble toilet roll by Hamburg based Turkish artist  Sakir Gökcebag, with surprisingly majestic results. Gökcebag frequently uses... Read More →
01
NOV
2012

Beach sculpture made from recycled wood

This beautiful family of elephants made of a recycled wood was a sculpture built at De Panne beach in Oostende, Belgium by South African Andries Botha in 2010. It’s called ‘You can buy my heart and my soul’ and forms part of a project where he built 20 elephants... Read More →
26
OCT
2012

Tiger sculpture built from reclaimed timber

This amazing sculpture was built by the incredibly talented Gábor Miklós Szőke out of reclaimed timber as part of the Hello Wood art camp in Hungary. 200 architects, designers and makers made projects for eight different Hungarian communities based on the socio-economic concerns... Read More →
24
OCT
2012

Art installation made of plastic bags by Robert Janson

With that scene from American Beauty immediately springing to mind, who would have thought the humble plastic bag could look so beautiful?  This is an  installation by Robert Janson, who uses plastic bags, light, heat and air to create something resembling a giant floating pink... Read More →
11
OCT
2012

Cloud art installation made from lightbulbs

CLOUD is a large-scale interactive installation by Caitlind Brown for Nuit Blanche Calgary. The project was made using more than 5000 illuminated and burnt out light bulbs.  Viewers were invited to participate in the installation by standing underneath and pulling the metal... Read More →
11
SEP
2012

Steam punk at the Paralympics 2012 closing ceremony

You couldn’t miss the convoy of steam punk inspired vehicles at the Paralympics closing ceremony directed by Kim Gavin.  These crawling giant sculptures made of scrap metal heralded the Festival of the Flame and were put together by art collective Mutoid Waste Company.  The... 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 →