Ever shocked by the beauty of toilet paper rolls, or saw the chicken formed by the egg shells, or witnessed coolest lion made by tires? Heck, all of them are even made by common things you discarded every day, and they are known as recycled art.
Recycled art is not something that’s beautiful but just a waste of time and space. It’s like alchemy which turns base metal into gold, except that it turns trashes into gold. Take recycled Optimus Prime with 2.5 meters tall as example, it was sold with 7800 U.S. dollars, sounds like a good price for a combination of metals which were originally treated as trashes.
Are they really that beautiful and worth the purchase? You can figure out the answer with 68 jaw-dropping recycled arts showcased in this post, which include items I mentioned above and other stunning work as well like Michael Jackson’s portrait formed by cassette tape, robot constructed by hard disks, paintings made on diskette, anything you never think of! And for the first time, you will be amazed by the beauty of reformed trashes.
Workshop Hapax excels in creating gorgeous and unique products by using discarded materials provided by their clients. As most artists do, they break down those pre-existing materials, reinterpret them then offer them a new form with new purpose, thus forming never seen before recycled art.
Jeu Dechecs. (Image Source: Atelier Hapax)
‘BRC’ stands for Benjamin Rollins Caldwell, founder of the BRC Designs who reforms timeless and unconventional materials into simple yet unique furniture which design surpasses most expensive furniture.
Binary Low Table. (Image Source: BRC Designs)
Korobeiniki Chair. (Image Source: BRC Designs)
Protrusion Low Table. (Image Source: BRC Designs)
Andrew Chase by the Chase studio is a photographer and one of the few artists who has the talent to form an epic dinosaur with mere metals. His metal sculptures also include elephant, cheetah, bear, etc.
Dinosaur. (Image Source: Chase Studio)
Elephant. (Image Source: Chase Studio)
Cheetah. (Image Source: Chase Studio)
Derek has achieved national attention for his collage portrait series, recycling magazines, labels and found materials to create works on canvas. Those series has showed his interest in the natural beauty of figure and the fearless attitude of play.
Collage 07. (Image Source: Derek Gores)
Collage 09. (Image Source: Derek Gores)
Collage 17. (Image Source: Derek Gores)
Erika Iris Simmons
A.k.a Iri5, Erika Iris Simmons specializes in using non traditional media like cassettes to create absolutely unique and memorable works that feature famous people or team like Kurt Cobain, Beatles and Michael Jackson.
Ghost In The Machine – Michael Jackson. (Image Source: iri5)
Ghost In The Machine – The Beatles. (Image Source: iri5)
Ghost In The Machine – Kurt Cobain. (Image Source: iri5)
Guerra De La Paz (cs)
Guerra de la Paz is the composite name that represents the creative team efforts of Cuban artists, Alain Guerra and Neraldo de la Paz, who have been collaborated since 1996. Gaining access to an overabundance of discarded clothing, they used clothes as their main unconventional materials to produce a series of beautiful and inspiring recycled art which are shown below.
Ring Around The Rosy. (Image Source: Guerra De La Paz)
Bonsai. (Image Source: Guerra De La Paz)
Spring. (Image Source: Guerra De La Paz)
Fall. (Image Source: Guerra De La Paz)
Winter. (Image Source: Guerra De La Paz)
Her name is Heather Jansch, and her passion lies within drawing and horses. Heather Jansch was told to leave college’s course with the reason that she did not have the talent of being a painter. But then, she decided to pursue what she loves and finally came out with driftwood horses below which looks like they are living things with feeling!
Apollo. (Image Source: Heather Jansch)
Nightmare And Daydream III. (Image Source: Heather Jansch)
‘I started making richly decorated brooches in my final year, using broken jewellery, plastic toys and other small found objects. Inspiration came from festival headdresses from Ecuador discovered while researching my thesis on art from recycled materials. The headdresses, covered with all kinds of shiny and odd things, are bizarre and quirky, yet beautiful – I love them!’
Obama. (Image Source: Jane Perkins)
The Queen. (Image Source: Jane Perkins)
Mandela. (Image Source: Jane Perkins)
Based in Brighton, Kyle Bean specializes in hand crafted models, set design and art direction. Since his graduation in 2009, he has worked across a variety of platforms which include installations, window displays, editorial and advertising. His works, such as What Came First showcased below has really showed his unusual creativity.
What Came First. (Image Source: Kyle Bean)
Ever imagined that your boring hard drive can be very cool too? Rivera has done it by combining hard drives and spare parts to form sensational bike, car and even robot. He wishes to show to others of what are hard drives look like in creative way, and he has done it very well.
Hark Disk Drive Robot. (Image Source: Wired)
Hark Disk Drive Bike. (Image Source: Wired)
Hard Disk Drive Car. (Image Source: Wired)
Leo has developed his own art style over the last 50 years. His notable works are mostly composed by charming plastic objects, metals and woods and were collected by corporations, museums and individuals all over the world.
Dog (cs). (Image Source: The Telegraph)
Teddy Bear. (Image Source: NDI Gallery)
Jesus Christ. (Image Source: The Telegraph)
Best known for her sculpture Renaissance Peace Angel which is showcased below, Lin Evola-Smidt creates her works with a single purpose, to promote world peace. Creation process of her works involves melting down weapons and reform them into art that shows gracefulness and peacefulness.
Renaissance Peace Angel. (Image Source: The Green Life)
I was never a big fan of floppy disk but Nick Gentry has changed my mind with his sensational floppy disk paintings. The most epic part of his painting is perhaps the shiny circular part of the disk which mostly represents the eyes of the painted character.
BODY LANGUAGE. (Image Source: Nick Gentry)
A DIGITAL COMPOSITION. (Image Source: Nick Gentry)
BINARY BOUND. (Image Source: Nick Gentry)
Recycle Art is the master of turning car/ motorcycle parts, screws and toothed wheels into extremely unique sculptures with terrifying quality. Their works are beyond epic, and can be used as either advertisement for your garage or absolute eye catcher in the club.
Sea Dragon. (Image Source: Recycle Art)
Turtle. (Image Source: Recycle Art)
Big Ant. (Image Source: Recycle Art)
Angel. (Image Source: Recycle Art)
Metal Rhino. (Image Source: Recycle Art)
Indian On Horse. (Image Source: Recycle Art)
‘For a long time now I have preferred to use materials that are not bland i.e. have some kind of history of weathering or use. One day about four years ago out in the studio I was looking into my children’s box of outgrown / discarded toys which happened to be stored in the same building and responded to the random collection of colours shapes and forms they made. I figured that if I could find a way of putting them together to constitute a larger form they would have great potential as larger scale sculpture.’
The Dog. (Image Source: Robert Bradford)
The Rabbit. (Image Source: Robert Bradford)
With steel as main material, Robosteel designs and creates handmade steel sculptures which includes movie character, earth’s life form, vehicle and custom commissioned work. Despite steel, they also used small amounts of copper and ceramic material to create certain desired effect for their works. And yes, all their materials used in the work are recycled from cars, motorbikes and airplanes.
Recycled Optimus Prime. (Image Source: RoboSteel)
Recycled Bumblebee. (Image Source: RoboSteel)
Recycled Wall-E. (Image Source: RoboSteel)
Scraps of felt + Old mobile phone’s battery charger + Circuit of 50 LED low-power = Ribbon of light with luxurious feel! Credit to the creative creator Sara Bergando.
Ribbon Of Light. (Image Source: Recyclart)
Ribbon Of Light 2. (Image Source: Recyclart)
Sandrine Estrade Boulet
Artist Sandrine Estrade Boulet wants to tell you that you can live a funny and happy day with simple things in our world, and that’s how the White Vador was born.
White Vador. (Image Source: Sandrine Estrade Boulet fr)
If you have love for circuit board, you should remember Steven Rodrig. He’s an innovative artist who restructures discarded circuit boards and electronic parts to form extraordinary arts which are organic and mechanical at the same time. Without a doubt, he’s a professional geek.
Data Transfer. (Image Source: PCB Creations)
Data Spider’s Kingdom. (Image Source: PCB Creations)
Sea Turtle Searches Deep Data. (Image Source: PCB Creations)
Terrence Willment works with manufacturers in Thailand to create impressive recycled work using abandoned car parts and sells them in event like showroom.
Alien. (Image Source: The Telegraph)
Tom Deininger is the master of collage art. His collage works are not only beautiful, but makes you really think that how your discarded little items can form sensational art like his works.
Marilyn. (Image Source: Tom Deininger)
Self Portrait. (Image Source: Tom Deininger)
Yong Ho Ji
Yong Ho Ji is a Korean artist who utilizes used tires into recycled masterpieces. His productions are mostly in the form of animal which some of them are shown below, but he also creates cool mutants which are either combined by 2 animals or an animal and a human.
Lion. (Image Source: Yong Ho Ji)
Ram. (Image Source: Yong Ho Ji)
Rhino. (Image Source: Yong Ho Ji)
Wild Boar. (Image Source: Yong Ho Ji)
You probably need to change your view about toilet paper roll, as Yuken Teruya, an artist born in Okinawa, Japan has transformed them into art with immense beauty. The artist is currently working from his studio in New York City.
Corner Forest. (Image Source: Yuken Teruya Studio)
Rain Forest. (Image Source: Yuken Teruya Studio)
Similar to Tom Deininger, Zac Freeman is also a professional artist who excels in collage art. His works are greatly recognized, which brought him over 20 exhibitions in just 5 years.
Travis. (Image Source: Zac Freeman art)
David. (Image Source: Zac Freeman art)
Kathy. (Image Source: Zac Freeman art)
More Awesome Works
Soda Can Dragon. This incredible dragon is produced completely by aluminum cans, and is located in the Paris Zoological Park at the Jardin de Plantes. (Image Source: austinevan)
Solex. Handmade micro bicycle, how cute! (Image Source: Gerda Suzanna Vegt)
Recycled art is not only something entertains you or artist makes for living, it also presents to you a great lesson: do not underestimate the power of even trash. I think this is the true beauty of the recycled art, showing us that with belief and passion, even abandoned item can become one of the most beautiful art in the world.
Did you make a recycled art before? Please kindly share with us if you have one, and don’t forget to let us know which recycled art shocked you most!