Thursday, April 22, 2010

ECO ART: Reclaimed Garbage Transformed Into Amazing Sculptures & Trashed Beer Cans Become Butterflies in Flight

Face it, we as Americans have a lot of stuff.  A lot of stuff, means a lot of garbage! Most discarded objects such as plastic toys, utensils and metal objects will fall fate to an eternity in a landfill, but artist Sayaka Ganz sees a second life in them. In a move for both the planet and art, Ganz recovers all of this junk and upcycles it into animal shaped sculptures. Meant to depict animals caught in motion, at a distance the sculptural effect is certainly striking – one look and you can’t help but think you’ve just caught a real life leap or swoop frozen in time. Sayaka has already created a number of such sculptures for her collection, all which draw inspiration from her time abroad in various countries. As an artist creating these pieces, she attempts to unravel and understand the mysteries of the world. She believes that by taking arbitrary pieces of discarded materials and fitting them together in a sculpture, sense can be made. It's really man's trash is another man's (in this case woman's) treasure. Enjoy!


Ok, so the next time your drinking a beer...take a close look at a beer can. You may (or may not) notice that they have a really nice arc to them. Well, artist Paul Villinski did and has taken that same arc and turned it into butterflies in flight. Rescuing crushed beer cans from the streets of New York City, Villinski carefully cuts each can and creates a marvelous fluttering array. He states that similar to the life of a butterfly, his process is representative of a cultural conversion all its own exploring “themes of transformation and recovery through metamorphosis.” So the next time you see a beer can, drink up or pick up, as it might be the next masterpiece!

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