Recycled Art: Turning Trash Into Treasure
Jul 01, 2021
Saving the planet isn’t just for superheroes anymore. Every person in the world can do it, armed with nothing but a plastic water bottle and a blue bin. The movement toward environmental conservation is big, now stretching over several different mediums. You can find themes about the subject popping up in our politics, advertisements, films, books, articles, social media accounts- and even in our art museums. Recycled art is a specific type of creative work made from discarded materials. So this could be anything from old iPhones, plastic toys to tires to cans or scraps of cloth. Artists who specialize in recycled art will turn our trash into treasure- fit to be exhibited for hundreds or even thousands of viewers.
At its core, recycled art is about repurposing materials and nature conservation. As long as the materials used in the piece were discarded, there’s no limit to what can be used and what the pieces can look like. They can vary from large scale to miniature, from two-dimensional pieces to three-dimensional. The underlying message behind all recycled art is in the title itself: recycle. Though each piece has meanings and themes that vary greatly, at its heart the notion of repurposing supplies into sculptures sends a strong message on its own…that we should follow suit. It’s a growing movement but, though its popularity has surged recently, it isn’t an entirely foreign concept.
In a bid to raise awareness of e-waste recycling, artist Benjamin Von Wong has created several surreal sculptures from nearly two tons of e-waste, turning the waste into cool pieces of art.
Jane Perkins, a British environmental artist, has created portraits of famous people from discarded buttons, broken jewelry, and car scraps. She has resurrected Marilyn Monroe and former South African President Nelson Mandela with subtle and moving expressions, turning worthless junk into millions of dollars worth of art.
Zayd Menks, a 17-year-old from Zimbabwe, spent more than three months building a mini Manhattan out of discarded computer parts in 2018. The city was built using 263 hot melt glue rods, 11 central processing units, 27 motherboards, 15 batteries, two clocks, four watches, three hard drives, four sound cards, seven power supplies, and 13 floppy drives.
Old phones like the iPhone4 are no longer being bought and used by people, but a large number of Apple fans are turning the iPhone4 into a treasure, turning them into various works of art. It is said that some foreign people use iPhone to build a wall, a total of 2000 old iPhone shells to form this magic and spectacular, far from it is a colorful fashion wall, close to you can feel it is so luxurious. According to this build by laying bricks or stones a wall person introduction, the iPhone that makes up this wall is from the old goods market Amoy come complete scrap does not have the spare parts mobile phone, it is iPhone4, 4S mostly. While such old iPhones are cheap, he paid about $10,000 for 2,000 of them.
Another art fad about old iPhones is the iPhone Art Frame. When people take the iPhone apart and put the accessories in a frame like a specimen, it becomes a high-end work of art at home.
Check out Xreart here if you like the idea.