It’s safe to say that New York artist Ken Butler isn’t your average artist and musician. Sure, he can play a wide range of stringed and percussion instruments like any seasoned musician out there can do, but it’s the actual instruments he plays that set him apart.
Carmina Campus via WSJ.com Fashion from garbage: That’s what Ilaria Fendi, former designer and heiress to the Fendi line of luxurious handbags, is bringing to the table. Would you sport a handbag made out of bottle caps, tires, fabric remnants and other things literally pulled out of the trashcan? It seems that people are, and they’re paying a pretty penny for it. Some of products in Fendi’s new lineup of “trashion” are fetching upwards of $2,200 a pop.
Thomas Winther, aka Dambo, is the mastermind behind the ‘Happy City Birds’ project. Dambo has created hundreds of colorful birdhouses he distributes across four cities in Denmark, including Copenhagen, for free. The coolest part of the project is that the birdhouses are upcycled from trash. Why birdhouses? Dambo told My Modern Met, “Birds are actually great at recycling and we need to appreciate this. They eat old food, fruits, berries, and nuts lying about. In that way, they help to clean and distribute seeds around our cities, so new plants can grow."
Levi’s 2013 denim collection will be a bit different than previous collections—not necessarily in the look of the popular jeans, but you’ll notice a major change in the materials used to make them. The company’s new Waste-Less product will feature jeans made from recycled plastic bottles.
Agustin is just a humble shoemaker from Honduras with a dream. His dream is to build and fly a helicopter made from scrap bicycle parts, rebar, 2 x 4’s, and other discarded trash. His story is even more inspiring, considering he lives in extreme poverty, suffers from polio, and has been working on the helicopter since 1958.
Remember the old Lincoln Logs, erector sets and Legos you played with as a kid? Ron Aarons, a LEED-certified architect and loving grandfather, certainly does. He has created his own version of these all-time classic children’s toys, but with a unique twist. His “toys” are made exclusively from recyclable materials.
(2012) ‘Swimming Cities’ is a collaboration of artists joining forces to create an assemblage of huge boats made from repurposed junk. Everything from the boat motor to the frame of the boat is constructed from recycled parts and pieces of plain old garbage.
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.
If you’re one of the lucky ones attending the 2012 Olympic Games in London, you may want to hang onto pretty much any type of memorabilia you obtain along the way. Pretty much anything Olympic-related is desirable and thus increases in value over time. We’re talking about stuff that usually goes into the trash can, like ticket stubs, programs, and even the envelope the tickets came in.
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.
A department store in the UK decorated an East London building with 10,000 pieces of clothing in an effort to raise awareness about the vast amount of clothing that ends up in landfills each year. Marks & Spencer calls it the “Schwopping Project”, a cross between shopping and swapping.
"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 possible to make a simple video game controller for pennies on the dollar. This DIY controller utilizes the electronic seat control mechanism found on most cars built in the 1990s or later. All you need is the seat control mechanism, a test light/LED, an old/broken video game controller, and some solder or electrical tape.
Environmentally conscious designers Rikkert Paauw and Jet van Zwieten recently transformed several roll-off dumpsters into unique meeting places using only recovered materials from the dumpsters themselves. Foundation Projects, the company behind the design, launched the project in April, 2012 in the heart of Ultrecht, Netherlands.