- Dumpster Art
- Dumpster Art
What to do with all that e-waste? It's a bigger issue than you may think. The EPA stated 2.37 million tons of e-waste was disposed of in 2009, and this figure has no doubt grown in subsequent years. One artist has a creative solution to repurpose old computers, mobile devices, and other hardware. Muharrem Batman is transforming e-waste into creepy, yet eccentrically beautiful, head busts.
(7/1013) If you’ve flown into or out of the Los Angeles airport recently, you may have noticed some illuminated life-size sculptures of animals on display while walking through the Tom Bradley Terminal.
UK-based artist Mark Roberts (aka Markrobla) recently presented a public art series he called “Down in the Dumps.”
He’s not your average artist; in fact, he works with trash found littered along highways and on beaches across the country. Barry Rosenthal is a New York photographer who stumbled onto using trash as an artistic medium after years of shooting plants in nature and realizing there was so much garbage littering these areas.
Some people see garbage as an opportunity. It takes quite a bit of imagination and ingenuity to transform household junk into innovative tech gadgets and doohickeys. Here are some of the coolest examples of how you can repurpose trash with a twist of tech.
Fill colorful plastic bags with air, toss ‘em in a dumpster and light ‘em up – now that’s my idea of art! An anonymous group of artists and photographers known as Luzinterruptus organized the installation several months ago in front of the Gewerbemuseum (English translation is ‘Museum of Applied Arts and Design’) in Switzerland. The purpose of the outdoor exhibit was to bring attention to the environmental issues associated with plastic bags.
Chicago's Navy Pier. Image courtesy of David Bjorgen ( Sept., 2012) Chicago’s Navy Pier will soon be the temporary home to a giant wall of trash. The ‘Garbage Wall’ is part of the annual Expo Chicago Art Fair, starting September 20. The purpose of the exhibit is to raise awareness about illegal dumping in area rivers and lakes.
A New York City Sanitation Department located in the heart of Manhattan is unlike any other in the country. The two-story building housing the sanitation trucks and other equipment has been transformed into a makeshift art gallery stocked with paintings, sports memorabilia, sculptures and other works of art. The kicker is that all the items were collected along the curbside of New York City streets.
"Pyramids People" by HA Schult. Giza, Egypt, 2002. Recycling and reusing junk for alternative purposes, called upcycling, is a worldwide phenomenon. It’s probably the most creative way to reduce your impact on the environment. Upcycling not only keeps trash out of landfills, but it also yields beautiful art. Here are 14 examples of amazing structures made from trash, junk, garbage, waste, rubbish…whatever you want to call it.
Vollis Simpson has been creating spectacular folk art since World War II. His medium of choice is pretty much any type of junk he can get his hands on. Some of his sculptures are as tall as buildings. The North Carolina native's work is on display at several museums across the U.S., including museums in New York, Atlanta and Baltimore.
It’s no secret we love junk here at Trash Talk, and now we want to share the beautiful side of garbage with you. These are some of the best examples of junk turned into artistic masterpieces—just another creative and unique way to reuse things rather than send them off to the landfill.
It’s incredible to think that a pile of trash can actually turn into an amazing work of art with a little creativity. Shadow art is an art form where the artist attempts to create interesting shadows using light pointed strategically at various objects, in this case, garbage. Next time you see a pile of trash sitting curbside, you can think of it as a potential work of art!
A group of creative sanitation workers in Hamburg, Germany have found a way to combine their love for photography with their daily duties as Garbage men. The workers were allowed to modify city dumpsters by cutting small pinholes in the side of the container and affixing a camera and photo paper inside. The photos turned out surprisingly great, and they show a new perspective of the city not typically seen by most people.
Gregory Kloehn has made a living out of designing unusual homes and fixing up beat up properties, but this project may be the coolest of them all. He designed a fully functional living space out of a dumpster container. And no, it’s not just a tiny space with a couple of holes for windows and a bucket to use as a chair…this place is beaming with high-end amenities.