Eco art or the use of recycled materials for artwork comes in all shapes and sizes but there is no denying the impact made by some of the biggest creations.
The recycling of discarded materials to create something new and exciting is a rapidly growing art form. Many of them are so beautiful that you have to look twice to realise that they are made of recycled material but others are designed to make you think twice about the huge amount of waste in modern society.
Eco art not only draws our attention to this terrible waste and the damage it does to the environment, it also provides a challenge for artists to be creative in many different ways. I have picked out just a few of the most striking images of recycled art.
The Bike Arch was built by Mark Grieve and Ilana Spector in Black Rock Desert, Nevada. The project was awarded to Mark Grieve to design a suitable entrance to a bike parking area and around 300 bicycles were used in its construction.
This remarkable elephant sculpture was made from discarded wood on De Panne beach in Belgium by Andries Botha (Photo by Eric de Mildt). The scene is made so much more dramatic by the location as these giants turn towards the ocean.
This giant human skull was created by Indian Eco artist Supodh Gupta in 2006. It is titled “The Very Hungry God” and was exhibited in Paris where it was purchased by French billionaire and contemporary art collector Francois Pinault. It is made from old stainless steel kitchen utensils.
Finish artist Miina Äkkijyrkkä was inspired by her love of cows to create this stunning piece of artwork. She purchased dozens of used cars from dealers around Finland and used the parts to create a herd of automobiles-turned-cow creations.
Trash People was created by artist HA Schult in 1996 and is one of the largest displays of recycled art in the world. There are 1000 “Trash men”, made entirely from discarded plastic, aluminium cans and computer parts. It took Schult more than 6 months to complete the project with the assistance of 30 students.
The Trash People have now been exhibited around the globe including at the Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Wall of China and La Grande Arche in Paris.