It’s true what they say – one man’s trash, is another one’s treasure. From The Lamp made with 1020 prescription spectacle lenses to the 14,641 Gatorade Bottles Used To Create Michael Jordan Mosaic.8 Examples of Creative Art made with Recycled Trash
The Nereid Beckon
The Nereid Beckon by Matt Dehaemers features huge bottle shapes that appear to float on the lawn. These 16 foot long-ship like bottles are made up of thousands of smaller component recycled bottles, each containing messages from people in the community. Messages may express hopes or fears about the life of the lake, or reverence for the lake. They may also reflect historical or personal experiences.link
Wine bottle dome
Richard Pim gives new meaning to the word upcycling with his 11 foot high dome with four concrete arches, built from 3,000 wine bottles, each cemented with the bottom facing out.
“One day I was sat in the garden drinking a glass of wine and as I held the bottle up to the sun it made an amazing sparkly effect. I thought ‘that’s it, I will make it out of wine bottles’.” he said archly. “I had no problems getting hold of bottles. Most of Herefordshire knew what I was doing so I have had lots of donations. I have also drunk a good few myself.”
The retired geologist opens his garden to the pubic; it’s in Pembridge, near Leominster, Herefordshire.link
Nomkoo is the elephant resting in front of the Bozeman Public Library. During her six-week stay, the 9-foot-tall, 1.3-ton elephant made of recycled truck tires will promote environmental sustainability, with a special emphasis on teaching children.
Nomkoo is the work of South African sculptor Andries Botha. Botha also founded the South Africa-based Human Elephant Foundation, which has 12 elephant statues traveling the world as "ambassadors of sustainability." All the elephants are made from recycled materials such as tires, driftwood and cider casks.link
Optical – The Lamp made with 1020 prescription spectacle lenses.
Salvage designer Stuart Haygarth has created this extraordinary eyeglass chandelier by turning 1020 discarded pairs of prescription glasses into an optical masterpiece.
This gorgeous eyeglass chandelier gives off a green glow and the refracted light from the lenses make fluid shadows dance across the walls. Haygarth delivers an impressive new lighting design as well as gives us a new way of looking at reusable materials.link
Garden Chapel Made Almost Entirely From 4000 Bottles
The Minnie Evans Bottle Chapel was built with 4,000 bottles by Virginia Wright-Frierson in 2004 at Airlie Gardens, Wilmington, NC and is a beautiful example of what you can do with this rather unique form of building expression.link
Dying for a Drink
This work by Phill Hall is made of wire mesh, recycled water bottles, glass, plywood riot shields.
Hall says “Traveling sculpture designed to raise awareness of the critical global water shortage and to stimulate positive actions and solutions.” link
14,641 Gatorade Bottles Used To Create Michael Jordan Mosaic
To celebrate Michael Jordan‘s induction into the Naismith Memorial, Gatorade teamed-up with an advertising company to create one of the oddest mosaics ever.
Using an image of “His Airness” leaping towards the basket, 14, 641 Gatorade Limited Edition Jordan bottles and 200 lightboxes, a giant drinkable mosaic was created. The unusual creation was first tested in an enclosed space, before being transported to an outdoor basketball court, in Chicago’s South Side, where hundreds of curious Michael Jordan fans awaited to see their idol recreated from Gatorade bottles. link
Sculpture made from recycled carrier bags, at the Eden Project.
The Eden Project is a visitor attraction in Cornwall in the United Kingdom, including the world’s largest greenhouse.. Inside the artificial biomes are plants that are collected from all around the world.link