7 Artists that Make Art While They Recycle

Trash is everywhere and while there are a lot of NGOs and environment groups recycling and cleaning up, there are some people who are a step ahead! They are turning trash into art. These artists are creating beautiful and inspiring pieces out of garbage.

Here’s a list of seven artists who are making art out of waste.

  1. 1 HA Schult

    He is a German artist and his art has adorned the streets of many cities. He is also known as an eco-art pioneer as he is one of the initial artists to work on garbage and do something about the ecological imbalance. His best-known art installation is the ‘Trash People’ which has been showcased around the world in many cities. ‘loveletters’ in Berlin is another interesting installation by the artist.

  2. 2 Tim Noble and Sue Webster

    They are modern British artists and are known for the shadow art. All you see is a heap of garbage but the real picture lies in the shadow. The artwork needs to be lit up from the correct angle to show you what it represents. The duo saved six months of their trash to make ‘Dirty White Trash.’ It makes you reflect on how much trash you send towards the landfill. Their ‘Wasted Youth’ uses a lot of beverage and food packaging one of the main things that contribute towards pollution.

  3. 3 Lin Evola-Smidt

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    PEACE ANGELS PROJECT - LIN EVOLA No one wants their children nto grow up in a world plagued by violence, but not many parents have worked as hard to fight the problem as artist Lin Evola-Smidt. When gun violence ravaged Los Angeles in the early nineties, Lin decided to help stop the problem by convincing residents to give up their guns, which would then be melted down to create statues of angels—an appropriately uplifting icon for those living in the increasingly dangerous City of Angels. “I wanted more at that moment than to just create a piece of art," she says. "I wanted people to make a shift within themselves." The project was a success and within a few years, the area was filled with small metal angels—each reflecting more guns being taken off the city streets. The first angels were up to 3 feet tall and took a few months of work, but eventually, Evola-Smidt decided to increase the size of the sculptures so they could be centerpieces of local parks. In 1997, she completed a 13 foot tall angel called “The Renaissance Peace Angel.” After the terrorist attacks of September 11, the sculpture was moved to Ground Zero and it has since become her most famous artwork. You can buy some of Lin Evola's peace angel water colours on Amazon and with that also support her project. Link: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dfine-art&field-keywords=evola #peace #angel #art #recycling #change #LinEvola

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    Lin Evola chose to depict the deal with gun violence in Los Angeles. She asked the locals to give up their guns, which she melted down to create small metal angels. Over time the city was filled with metal angels about three feet in size. She then decided to create bigger statues so they could take the centre stage at some local parks. Her 13 foot tall‘The Renaissance Peace Angel’ now stands at ground zero after the September 11 attacks. She is now on the move to make such structures across the globe.

  4. 4 Michelle Reader

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    Be a part of the solution, not the pollution with this week's #ReuseMakerMonday artist Michelle Reader! ♻️🎨 . Reader is currently based in Notinghamshire, England, where she works as an artist and arts educator leading workshops in galleries, schools, and festivals. Since 1997, Reader has worked with household and industrial waste to form sculptures of varying subjects like wildlife, plants and human.figures, with interactive and mechanical elements sometime included. Reader incorporates found objects from thrift stores, roadsides and scrap yards in her work. . Reader's innovative work Seven Wasted Men is made up of scrap wood and household waste. The figures in Seven Wasted Men are all life-size and crafted out of the portrayed family’s waste for the duration of a month’s time. She says about her work, “The choice of materials can also be a key part of the story. In 2008 I created a portrait of a family made from a month's worth of their own household waste. The materials not only highlight a need to address the amount of waste each of us produces, but also tells the story of each individual through the things they discard – a child’s drawings, a shopping list, a birthday card. My sculptures draw attention to environmental issues in an aesthetic, humorous and non-confrontational way.” . To find out more about @michelle3duk visit www.michelle-reader.co.uk/mobile.html . #ReuseMakerMonday #MichelleReader

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    Michelle is a UK based artist who uses recycled material to make beautiful art. She holds a bachelor’s degree in arts and a master’s degree in Scenography. She uses household waste and industrial waste and also sources material from local charity shops and yard sales. She uses old toys and clock parts to add mechanical elements to her sculptures. She also undertakes projects for corporate clients. She also works alongside galleries, businesses, and schools as a freelance educator teaching them about art. She also makes awards and trophies from recycled material. Her most famous artwork is the family portrait of ‘Seven Wasted Men.’ Her most recent work is the black cab made with discarded coffee capsules.

  5. 5 Wim Delvoye

    Wim Delvoye is a Belgian artist. His art is inventive and often shocking. He creates beautiful art out of repulsive material. His Cloaca which represents the digestive process is installed at the Museum of Old and New Art, MONA in Tasmania, Australia. He even tattooed pig skins and also live pigs. His most interesting art is carved tires which are made by hand.

  6. 6 Jane Perkins

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