Environmentally Unfriendly Materials Recycled Into Works of Art

This week, global citizens celebrated the 44th annual Earth Day — a worldwide initiative to draw awareness to environmental concerns and rally for change. Artists continue to bring attention to these issues by recycling environmentally unfriendly materials in their artwork, reusing the world’s junk surplus in beautiful and fascinating ways. Here are just a few of the creative reimaginings that speak to our planet’s use and reuse of careless materials.

peanut

Artist Zimoun used those dastardly packing peanuts to create a hypnotic installation inside the Museo d’Arte di Lugano in Switzerland. On 36 Ventilators, 4.7m3 Packing Chips:

Even though the swirling of the polystyrene in the depth of each of the windows is actually limited to that space, we have the impression that the movement is propagating to the whole length of the Limonaia. To the visual effect adds the ticking of chips on the window panes, which could remind a thin but insistent rain. If, instead, we cross the threshold and get inside the space, the perception produced by the ebb and flow of the chips changes radically becoming more abstract; the movement appears mechanical rather than natural, the buzzing of the ventilators covers up the ticking of the polystyrene on the windows and thus reveals the artificial origin of the motion.