Photos: Gülnur Özdağlar Plastic bottles -- that environmental bane of a disposable, modern society -- can be both an abundant form of pollution in waterways and oceans, as well as a materials source for mind-boggling art. In the skillful hands of Turkish architect and upcycling designer Gülnur Özdağlar the unremarkable PET plastic bottle is transformed into gorgeously diaphanous and functional objects like bowls and jewelry. Using simple tools like a candle, scissors and a soldering iron, Özdağlar upcycles bottles into a bewildering range of ephemeral accessories that under the light, look like fantastical, tentacled sea creatures or little undersea treasures. ... to this: That's pretty neat! Alchemy of upcyclingAs TreeHugger Lloyd has mentioned before about how 'redesign', not recycling, will be the wave of the future, Özdağlar asserts that large-scale recycling is not the solution, rather ... the real solution is "upcycling" rather than plain recycling.
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Broken CDs Transformed Into Iridescent Animal SculpturesWith most of our music now in a digital format, neatly contained on our mobile phones and iPods, many of us have no doubt got lots of old CDs stacked up in garages, waiting to become miniature frisbees or coffee coasters or museum relics from a bygone era. But rather than letting them lie there in their boxes, unloved and gathering dust, why not put them to good use by smashing them up and turning them into attractive animal sculptures? Artist Sean Avery has done exactly that and created a series of sculptures—from bears to peregrine falcons and even the Loch Ness monster—using the reflective splinters of what was once, possibly, a cherished music collection. It’s not the first time we’ve seen artworks created from dead (well, dead-ish) media. Previously enterprising artists have repurposed floppy disks and cassette tapes to create portraits and iconic album covers. This last one’s a dragon made from circuit boards and old CDs [via Colossal]
Skateboard SculptureNow that’s a sick madness! If you have never heard about Japanese wood sculptor named Haroshi, go get the wind of his most original conceptual art. As a creator of amazingly beautiful wooden sculptures out of old, crashed and broken skateboard decks, Haroshi passed for a man of considerable resourcefulness. His multicolored and meticulously sculpted art pieces simply astound with lifelike affinity, so in whichever way it’s even possible to mistake them for being real! In his works he stacks many layers with all piece elements being connected either in their original form or in shapes to form wooden mosaic, dots, and pixels. After that they’re cut down to size, shaven to get rid of the debris, and afterwards coated with a final glossy finish. Source Source Source Source Source Source Source Source Source Source Source Source Source Source Source Source Source Source
Potato paint recipe, esprit cabane, make your own paintThis peasant paint recipe dates back to seventeenth-century Northern Europe. It is recommended for walls and can be directly applied on plaster or over a coat of light-colored acrylic paint that has been delicately sanded. This paint is natural, inexpensive and very resistant, and can be colored to suit any taste. Natural colors such as sienna or ochre are enhanced by potato paint, which will develop a pretty patina effect over time. Combine with a slightly sanded gold frieze for a handsome result. Cook about 5½ oz. (150 g) of potatoes, then mash and mix with 10 to 12 fluid oz. boiling water. In a bowl, dilute 5½ oz. (150 g) chalk powder* in 5 fluid oz. cold water. Your paint is now ready to use. * Chalk Powder: Finely ground natural chalk.
Staring Cats Light Sculpture is FixatingNeed Help? Staring Cats Light Sculpture Is Fixating - Core77 Curated by Nuttawat Sujarit Related PostsMore Posts by This CuratorMichael Sporn AnimationAnimal Constellation Chalk ArtParis-based Philippe Baudelocque takes chalk art to a whole new level. Drawing on a black background, his incredibly intricate animals look like constellations on a dark night. Each drawing is composed of cells, and each cell has its own pattern. With beautiful layers, these three-dimensional animals look like they're ready to jump off the city walls. Philippe BaudelocqueRecycled Newspaper Creatures Appear All Over TucsonPhotograph: Nick Georgiou At first glance, this sculpture might pass for a dog, but look again and you’ll notice that despite having a curiously affecting expression, its eyes aren’t moving and its fur is made out of recycled newspaper. The Gloamer. Photograph: Nick Georgiou This is "The Gloamer," one of urban sculptor Nick Georgiou’s newspaper sculptures, which he poses on the street before photographing people’s reactions to them. Speaking to Helen Soteriou, he explained: “I get a lot of double takes, some people stopping me even before I position the piece. Sculpture alongside a Banksy. Georgiou likes the spontaneity of the street, abandoning the sacrosanct boundaries of the gallery — you can’t predict how the environment will change, and you can’t predict how the public will interact with the sculpture, adding a whole new active personality to the artwork. All this unwanted paper is symptomatic of a larger issue — the decline of the press — which is one of Georgiou’s key themes.
Riusuke Fukahori Paints Three-Dimensional Goldfish Embedded in Layers of ResinFirst: watch the video. Japanese artist Riusuke Fukahori paints three-dimensional goldfish using a complex process of poured resin. The fish are painted meticulously, layer by layer, the sandwiched slices revealing slightly more about each creature, similar to the function of a 3D printer. I really enjoy the rich depth of the pieces and the optical illusion aspect, it’s such an odd process that results in something that’s both a painting and sculptural. Wonderful.Still life: Bent objectsUPDATE: The Return of Bent Objects Wires transform these objects from inanimate to hilarious works of art. Little polish girl McDonalds as Sculpture Materials Yeah, this is where those come from Dancing Queens English breakfast Sylvia Muffin put her head in the oven. The introvert Bananas in bed – let’s slip into bed together You Say Tomato, I Say Tomahto. Fruit with life experience Zombies are nuts about brains Modest pear Literary interpretations Paper training our little dog, Frank A little cat doodle Photo Credits: Terry Border at Bent Objects View more In Pictures sets on Owni.eu
"Twelve Animals" by Kentaro Nagai12 Feb 2009 In a series of illustrations entitled "Twelve Animals," graphic artist Kentaro Nagai rearranges the world map to create the beasts of the Chinese zodiac. Rat Ox Tiger Rabbit Dragon Snake // Horse Sheep Monkey Rooster Dog Boar The images shown here are high-contrast black-and-white photos of Nagai's work, which is on display at the Japan Media Arts Festival at the National Art Center, Tokyo until February 15. - Added: Also check out the animated Flash version of "Twelve Animals" at Graflex Directions.