40 Terrific Works of Art Made From Common Trash

July 12th, 2010

We’ve all heard that “one man’s trash is another mans treasure”. That saying takes on new meaning when we view the world through the eyes of the artists featured in todays post. These talented individuals see possibility in the things we throw away every day. Instead of heading to the art supply store they just collect common trash and turn it into works of amazing art. Take a look at these 40 terrific works of art made from common trash and be prepared to start looking at your garbage in a whole new way.

Artworks Made From Trash

Ann P. Smith
This awesome owl and bird sculpture was made from reclaimed electronic trash. It reminds me of the mechanical owl in The Clash of the Titans.

This ram looks like anything but trash. Each piece fits perfectly.

These delicate birds and other sculptures by Ann can be bought at her store online.

Belen Hermosa
Got a few thousand CDs lying around? Have a seat.

Lamponi make some really cool lamps from trash. This one was an old steam iron.

An old ice scoop makes a good lampshade.

This old school hair dryer lamp and others are actually available to purchase. Check out the site for more far out creations.

Alex Andromeda
This three-legged beast is made from electronic garbage.

Computer circuit boards make up this work of art that almost looks like a burning man effigy.

It’s hard to believe that this intricate motorcycle was made from random bits of trash. Amazing!

This huge dragon was created using aluminium cans.

Law Kevin
What a stunning sculpture. Notice the computer mouse teeth and the washing machine door eyes.

Sayaka Kajita
Sayaka uses reclaimed plastic material to build her wonderful sculptures. Look closely at these two and you can see plastic spoons.

Another great creation made from common plastic trash.

This dog sculpture has a great pose. How many plastic spoons do you see?

Paul Villinski
This awesome piece was made from old soda cans and a hiking backpack frame. Great concept.

This whimsical butterfly spiral was also made from old soda cans.

David Mach
This huge Gorilla was made from old coat hangers.

Another coat hanger sculpture from David. The protruding hangers make the sculpture almost look kind of blurry. Nice effect.

Robert Bradford
Robert Bradford uses discarded toys to bring his ideas to life. How many of these toys did you play with as a kid?

These sculptures have a nostalgic quality to them that takes you back to more innocent days.

Jeremy Mayer
The artist obviously has a great understanding of the human form. Notice the old typewriter pieces on the lower abdomen.

Actually, both of these pieces from Jeremy were made from old typewriters. Notice the cat’s eyes. Check out his site for more of his awesome work.

iri5 uses old cassette tapes to create the likenesses of celebrities. This one’s Kurt Cobain.

Michael Jackson released from the tape. I love the super clean lines and the curly hair.

This polar bear is made out of used grocery store bags. Is plastic OK?

Brian Jungen
This skull was crafted from old baseball coverings.

That’s the fossil remains of some ancient dinosaur, it’s plastic chairs.

This walk-though sculpture was created from old plastic storage bins. Notice hoe the negative space is in the shape of a person.

Scrap metal was used to construct this sea horse looking sculpture.

This fantastic mosquito was once just ordinary trash. Now it’s a beautifull work of art.

Christian Fuar
Christian uses crayons as pixels to produce captivating images.

This stunning image almost looks like an old (blurry) photo.

En Pieza
Got some old ball point pens lying around? Make a cool lamp out of them.

Brian Marshall
Brian Marshall creates wonderful bots that are full of personality from discarded materials.

This little guy is ready for battle with his pencil sharpener shield.

I just love this one. Check out the old camera and oil can.

Bernard Pras
Bernard Pras takes trash art to a whole other level. Absolutely stunning rendition of Bruce Lee.

This geisha looks fantastic! Notice the little face to the left of her eye.

Albert Einstein never looked so cool. I love the colors and shapes in this masterpiece.


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51 comments for „40 Terrific Works of Art Made From Common Trash
  1. Jordan Walker on July 12th, 2010 at 5:58 am

    Those are really neat and artistic.

    • RHEA SAVOLOS on January 15th, 2012 at 4:45 am


  2. Nima on July 12th, 2010 at 6:14 am

    Great post. love the CD chair

    • Andrew Pye on December 16th, 2011 at 1:02 am

      Great use for all the Aol disks

  3. RK on July 12th, 2010 at 6:40 am

    This post is a load of garbage. Or maybe it was simply ruined by the title. Little of this would ever be classified as art – many are functional objects, some is craft, much remains as garbage.

    That being said, there are certainly some gems in here. Just think for a few minutes about your headline next time.

    • E.T. on July 12th, 2010 at 7:08 am

      That being said, I bet you’re an artist, hahaha jerk.

    • Allie on July 12th, 2010 at 7:46 am

      It is art. Maybe not fine art, but it’s all art. The concept and meaning or statement behind many of these is what makes it art.

      If anything, some of these are not made out of garbage, but art made out of other functional items. (I tend to think of garbage as stuff discarded-thrown away- after use) The pen lampshade is one. It looks like those are all new pens.

      • Student doing this in art class on February 27th, 2013 at 3:07 pm

        HEY! This is totally art! If you think that this isn’t art, then you aren’t a true artist, you downer! These works of art are great. I love the delicate beauty of the birds at the beginning.

  4. Sunny Kumar on July 12th, 2010 at 7:14 am

    Amazing Artwork !

  5. ram on July 12th, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Excellent. They are Terror designers. Catch them.

  6. Theo on July 12th, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Awesome, great works !

  7. Rebecca on July 12th, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Some of those are really creative. I particularly like the dragon.

  8. Aman Anderson on July 12th, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Very cool! Love the guy with the pencil and shield :).

  9. Jae Xavier on July 12th, 2010 at 10:56 am

    “i’m shocked.”

  10. NooN on July 12th, 2010 at 11:16 am

    It’s amazing, thanks for sharing

  11. E.T. on July 12th, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Hi Ann,

    Looked at your post for a second time. Do you know Thierry W. Despont? You should.

  12. Raelin on July 12th, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Eerily creative

  13. Codruta Moga on July 13th, 2010 at 12:10 am

    Very interesting! I especially like the Horses by Sayaka and The soda can butterflies.

  14. Retheesh on July 13th, 2010 at 1:29 am

    Really Mind blowing… Great Post…Thanks for Sharing

  15. Gaurav on July 13th, 2010 at 4:06 am

    some unique pieces here. Liked the concept.

  16. lou suSi on July 13th, 2010 at 6:04 am

    fantastic work … love the wire hanger sculptures in particular + the owl, goat + birds toward the beginning

  17. fuzzimo on July 13th, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Cool ideas! Love the Lamponi lamps!

  18. Be Ready on July 14th, 2010 at 7:59 am

    Budget Raygun is prepared to meet all of your raygun-related needs.

  19. bob3 on July 17th, 2010 at 7:18 am

    @RK – “Art is in the eye of the beholder”….?? :\

  20. farhad on July 17th, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    its nice and very good !

  21. Myconferencehub on July 19th, 2010 at 2:42 am

    Nice creative work….
    i like most…

  22. Chris Ronk on July 31st, 2010 at 9:27 am

    A really great collection of images.

    Thank you for taking the time to put these together.

  23. Hannah A. Parrott on September 27th, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    I always try to get rid of my rubbish responsibly however it is at times demotivating whenever I take a look at what some nations seem to be doing to this wonderful planet!

  24. Male Reproductive System : on October 30th, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    steel storage bins are the best thing to use. they last very long and is recyclable too :

  25. Chrome Towel Radiator on November 18th, 2010 at 10:20 am

    plastic and storage bins are both great, if i want a more durable storage bins then i would opt for steel storage bins :;.

  26. Robyn Stewardson – Focus on Art on January 5th, 2011 at 12:01 am

    These are so awe inspiring! My little 2D guys look so mild in comparison but your fabulous post has inspired me to try more/different/harder.
    Thanks so much for putting these in one place to soak in the brilliance of these (without question) master artists.
    One thing I would say, though, is that it seems to me that a lot of ‘found object’ artists are using new objects (or at least cleaning them to within an inch of their lives!!!

  27. wallpaper on January 19th, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    I like the CD chair i will try to make this one at home :)

  28. rene chabriere on January 25th, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Very nice & inventive, like the toys made by african artists with used cans…

  29. pratap maharjan on February 6th, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    amzing…how do these master piece r made….m totally amazed n motivated

  30. Margot on February 9th, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    A neighbour of mine makes amazing clocks out of found objects. You can see his clocks on this sight. I cannot get over how clever he is!

  31. cloe couturier on March 8th, 2011 at 4:23 am

    Love it!
    Great imagination and true talent:)

  32. waste transfer stations on March 21st, 2011 at 9:09 am

    These are truly marvelous works of art! I love your concept on using garbage to make such creative artworks! Thumbs up!

  33. Bart on July 7th, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    The essence of every art is expression, whether it’s made of garbage or gold, is not the heart of the matter. These works are living proof of that thesis. Respect !

  34. Dee on July 8th, 2011 at 5:28 am

    Many wants to be surrounded by beauty and gold, and they say “who wants to be surrounded by garbage?” i say, i want to be surrounded by these treasures. excellent work to the artist. <3

  35. Eileen MacAvery Kane on July 14th, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    These are wonderful! What an inspiration and sustainable way to work.

  36. Jeremy Holt on January 14th, 2012 at 8:39 am

    I build a lot of things out of trash or scrounged materials as I like to call it, my house, art work, and other stuff. This art is amazing thank you.

  37. JR Lopez Gonzales on February 7th, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Hello, everyone. Here’s a artistic robot sculpture I’ve made from junk materials brought about by the Typhoon Sendong (Washi) that ravaged our homes in Iligan City, Southern Philippines.

    I hope that this may serve as an inspiration to everyone that after life’s challenges, one can get back on their feet and find the positive things in life. Cheers!

  38. Renee West on April 8th, 2012 at 8:08 am

    In front of my shop I have a tiny patch of dirt w some plants and to keep the dogs from doing their business there I made a chain fence from which i hung old discarded little plastic toys (it’s a children’s shop) as if they were ornaments. Little kids were absolutely fascinated by this fence- it was all junk, thrown away toys, but they recognized things or characters that they may have played with at some point. I also wanted to try to make the point of how all this stuff is way too disposable and there’s not enough people to be making it into art to keep it out of the landfill or that swirling vortex of plastic in the ocean.

  39. Alana on April 26th, 2012 at 2:25 am

    Is Beautiful all imagens

  40. Dan on June 4th, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Impressive work, surreal.

  41. Robyn Stewardson -- Focus on Art on July 24th, 2012 at 4:25 am

    A great selection showcasing some fabulous artists. I’m pleased to see a couple I haven’t come across before. Thanks!

  42. Ramachandran.P.V on July 25th, 2012 at 10:46 am

    If all the trash in the world is converted into art the whole world would be a big and beautiful art museum. The art works are terriffic. Congrats.

  43. Diana on January 6th, 2013 at 8:37 am

    In the curse of my life, I continue to be amaze by the Brilliant minds of humans.

  44. Joshua on January 26th, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    GREAT ART WORK , love the cd chair!!!

  45. kattybabes on February 1st, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    i love this art!!!!!

  46. Nuwagira J.franklino on April 2nd, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Am an artist of the sort but OMG!!!! They are wonderful and prity cool!!! Fascinating wow!!Franklino