Though timelines suggest surges in popularity, it is hard to pinpoint exactly when turning recycling into art began.
Artists have always cleverly used materials, and long before the terms Junk Art or Environmental Art ever came into play. From the most basic to the surreal, recycling takes art appreciation to a whole new level.
Masterpieces Made From Junks has made a list of imaginative artists’ works. Included are provocative exhibitions by Alain Guerra and Neraldo de la Paz, who united make up Guerra de la Paz. Working together since 1996, they have been stirring up the art world with their creations.
Using cast-off clothing as a medium they are able to make unbelievable presentations. Particularly interesting and thought-provoking works like Ring Around the Rosy and bright, creative works like the Bonsai series make clothes eerily come to life.
This well-traveled display contains 1,000 scale model people constructed entirely from trash and makes a huge proclamation about discarded garbage.
Also featured is The Litmus Garden, a once coal polluted river that received a renovation from T. Allen Comp in 2001 when it was transformed into a self-filtering pond. More than a statement piece but equally an environmental masterpiece as the workable display actually purifies the water that spills into a nearby creek. Trees of various colors were rooted at the end of each water area to display what color the water is prior to being filtered.
If you have some time to be truly sucked in, check out Recyclart.org. There are tons of pages to look through that focus on all things reinvented. With descriptions, do-it-yourself projects for the inner artist and images galore, search for any interest or medium and you are likely to find several recycled versions of it.
Taking the time to appreciate those who reinvent by turning recycling into art inspires and often demands awareness of larger issues.
Image: Huffington Post
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