Inspiration

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.

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

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

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

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

image
An old ice scoop makes a good lampshade.

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

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

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

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

image
Austinevan
This huge dragon was created using aluminium cans.

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

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

image
Another great creation made from common plastic trash.

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

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

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

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

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

image
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?

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

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

image
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.

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

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

image
185Queens
This polar bear is made out of used grocery store bags. Is plastic OK?

image
Brian Jungen
This skull was crafted from old baseball coverings.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

image

Further Resources

Tags:

Sort by:   newest | oldest | most voted
Jordan Walker
Guest
6 years 2 months ago

Those are really neat and artistic.

RHEA SAVOLOS
Guest
RHEA SAVOLOS
4 years 8 months ago

AND I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY ARTIST USING TRASH FOR ART. OH WELL!!!!!! RHEA

Nima
Guest
6 years 2 months ago

Great post. love the CD chair

Andrew Pye
Guest
Andrew Pye
4 years 9 months ago

Great use for all the Aol disks

RK
Guest
RK
6 years 2 months ago

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.
Guest
E.T.
6 years 2 months ago

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

Allie
Guest
Allie
6 years 2 months ago

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
Guest
Student doing this in art class
3 years 7 months ago

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.

Sunny Kumar
Guest
6 years 2 months ago

Amazing Artwork !

ram
Guest
ram
6 years 2 months ago

Excellent. They are Terror designers. Catch them.

Theo
Guest
6 years 2 months ago

Awesome, great works !

Rebecca
Guest
6 years 2 months ago

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

Aman Anderson
Guest
6 years 2 months ago

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

Jae Xavier
Guest
6 years 2 months ago

“i’m shocked.”

NooN
Guest
NooN
6 years 2 months ago

It’s amazing, thanks for sharing

E.T.
Guest
E.T.
6 years 2 months ago

Hi Ann,

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

Raelin
Guest
6 years 2 months ago

Eerily creative

Codruta Moga
Guest
6 years 2 months ago

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

Retheesh
Guest
6 years 2 months ago

Really Mind blowing… Great Post…Thanks for Sharing

Gaurav
Guest
Gaurav
6 years 2 months ago

some unique pieces here. Liked the concept.

lou suSi
Guest
6 years 2 months ago

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

fuzzimo
Guest
6 years 2 months ago

Cool ideas! Love the Lamponi lamps!

Be Ready
Guest
6 years 2 months ago

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

bob3
Guest
bob3
6 years 2 months ago

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

farhad
Guest
6 years 2 months ago

hi
its nice and very good !

Myconferencehub
Guest
6 years 2 months ago

Nice creative work….
i like most…

Chris Ronk
Guest
6 years 1 month ago

A really great collection of images.

Thank you for taking the time to put these together.

Hannah A. Parrott
Guest
6 years 2 days ago

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!

Male Reproductive System :
Guest
5 years 10 months ago

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

Chrome Towel Radiator
Guest
5 years 10 months ago

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

Robyn Stewardson – Focus on Art
Guest

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!!!
(http://www.facebook.com/pages/Focus-on-Art/101635023210614?v=photos)

wallpaper
Guest
5 years 8 months ago

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

rene chabriere
Guest
5 years 8 months ago

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

pratap maharjan
Guest
pratap maharjan
5 years 7 months ago

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

Margot
Guest
5 years 7 months ago

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!

cloe couturier
Guest
5 years 6 months ago

Love it!
Great imagination and true talent:)

waste transfer stations
Guest
5 years 6 months ago

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

Bart
Guest
Bart
5 years 2 months ago

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 !

Dee
Guest
Dee
5 years 2 months ago

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

Eileen MacAvery Kane
Guest
5 years 2 months ago

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

Jeremy Holt
Guest
Jeremy Holt
4 years 8 months ago

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.

JR Lopez Gonzales
Guest
4 years 7 months ago

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!

http://politikalon.blogspot.com/2012/02/artistic-robot-sculpture-made-from-junk.html

Renee West
Guest
Renee West
4 years 5 months ago
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… Read more »
Alana
Guest
Alana
4 years 5 months ago

Is Beautiful all imagens

Dan
Guest
4 years 3 months ago

Impressive work, surreal.

Robyn Stewardson -- Focus on Art
Guest

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

Ramachandran.P.V
Guest
Ramachandran.P.V
4 years 2 months ago

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.

Diana
Guest
Diana
3 years 8 months ago

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

Joshua
Guest
Joshua
3 years 8 months ago

GREAT ART WORK , love the cd chair!!!

kattybabes
Guest
kattybabes
3 years 7 months ago

i love this art!!!!!

Nuwagira J.franklino
Guest
Nuwagira J.franklino
3 years 5 months ago

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

wpDiscuz