public art

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 →
06
JAN
2018
Pop up space made with crumpled tracing paper

5 pop-up spaces created from repurposed objects

Some of the most creative ideas for pop-up spaces, pavilions and temporary structures involve the repurposing and reappropiation of found objects and materials. Repurposing whatever you have to hand, perfectly sets the tone of spontaneity for a casual pop up bar or exhibition... 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 →
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 →
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 →
28
APR
2015
Beautiful recycling bins designed by Robert Janson

Beautiful recycling bins by Robert Janson

Back in 2012 we commended Swedish designer Robert Janson on his beautiful jellyfish creations made from plastic bags. In a more recent project, Janson once again fuses together waste and beauty, with a proposal for aesthetically appealing recycling stations. Could these golden... 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 →
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 →
31
MAR
2014

Deconstructed murals by Vhils

Portuguese urban artist Alexandre Farto (aka Vhils) creates stunning murals from decomposing walls using chisels, drills and small explosives. Seeing the act of deconstruction as a creative process, his deconstructed portraits can be found in Shanghai, London, Bogota, Paris,... 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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
09
DEC
2011

Christmas trees made from recycled materials

In 2008 The Rocks in Sydney began a tradition of building a Christmas tree out of recycled materials.  First it was stacked chairs, in 2009 they utilised 18,000 plastic soft drink bottles and in 2010 they stepped up their game with a tree made of 100 bicycles donated by CMA... Read More →
03
JUN
2011

Brighton Fashion Week 2011

It’s time to venture south once more for Brighton Fashion Week 2011.  After the innovative ‘Trashion’ show last year, I’ll be keeping an eye out for sparks of genius with all things reclaimed, repurposed and upcycled.  First up though, a record is broken... Read More →
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 →
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 →