Trash Into Treasure!

Since I have been posting mostly art projects/lessons as of late, I decided it was time to change things up a little bit.

Here is a wonderful article that I came across this morning, discussing the value of environmental art in a consumer-driven world. If you have a moment, give it a read! The article also mentions the works of a handful of environmental artists. I particularly enjoyed the work of designers and water crisis campaigners Bloo Nation, titled “Waving Wall.” This installation piece “highlights the considerable water footprint linked to the production of day-to-day goods like coffee, jeans and paper.”

Inspired by this article, I decided to create the following:


  1.  “Art transcends the barrier of language, making both the work and message able to be viewed by a global audience.” -Mandy Barker
  2. During times of financial crisis and environmental concerns, recycle art and public art has the power to visually reflect concerns and raise interest towards a greater cause. –LIKE Architects
  3. Art has the ability to morph the old into something new, adding aesthetic appeal to places that were trashed or forgotten.
  4.  “Art has the ability to bring people together, outside a purely financially driven model to share ideas, spending time—not money—and returning home richer in mind without having to worry about finding a place for another newly purchased product.” – Michael Pinsky
  5. Art can recycle materials that would otherwise end up in the trash, such as electronic materials and can “generate new objects that can be reinserted between us in a useful and aesthetic way.” –Rodrigo Alonso
  6. “Art can make us aware of nature’s presence, but it can also show nature’s processes.” –Stacy Levy
  7.  Art can “take what the site engineers consider a problem and make it into an asset.” It can become a “toolkit for solving simple environmental issues.” –Stacy Levy
  8. Art can highlight new uses of materials and provide the spark needed to inspire the world to reduce and reuse.
  9. Environmental art can reinforce the connections between individuals and the natural environment, motivating individuals to take greater care of their world.
  10. Art brings to light true impact of pollution and other environmental issues through the power of the visual.

Temporary installation of recycled glass containers by Spanish art collective, Luzinterruptus.

I hope you enjoy the article as much as I did!

‘Til later…happy explorations!

12 thoughts on “Trash Into Treasure!

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    • Me too! I recently stumbled upon the recycled assemblage work of Scott Rolfe. You’ll have to check out his work! In his book titled, “Aessemblage,” he recreates scenes from Aesop’s Fables using nothing but recycled materials—breathtaking!

      • Thank you so much for that information! I looked on the web (he has a blog) and it’s wonderful! He seems that he is using a lot of metal…. I am more cardboard 🙂 I created 3D art mainly with paper plates. One of the last project I published is a 20 inches nutcracker. I want to create a bigger one for next Christmas…just to keep life interesting!
        Thanks again… I will for sure come and visit you again!

      • That’s great! I hadn’t seen his blog yet, so will check it out! I was planning to do a unit with some of my upper elementary kids inspired by Scott Rolfe’s work, but using the more cardboard stuff that you work with! I would love to see some images of your work! Sounds fantastic! 🙂

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