Have you noticed? A few days ago a collection of marine figures arrived at our stores. We liked them so much that we wanted to dedicate them an entry in our blog. Whales and fish are the protagonists of this small selection of decorative items that have a particularity: they are made of recycled wood. Did you know that wood can be recycled following a very simple process, without using chemicals or applying previous treatments?
Being honest, this has inspired us a lot and led us to think. In Natura we defend the right to second chances, so why shouldn’t had this right the waste we generate?
Humans individually produce about 1 kg of waste over a day! Of course, you too. With this certain data you can get an idea of the impact that our consumption has on the planet globally. We have no excuses: in our hands is the opportunity to have little acts to reduce pollution and the exploitation of resources. Imagine everything you throw in the trash and the short lifetime these objects had since its manufacture to its ending in the container.
Despite this, there are many of us who try to raise awareness on a daily basis and contribute granite to granite. Each one does it in their own way, but investigating we have encountered a paradox: art from garbage, beauty that comes from our waste. There are creators who revive abandoned objects and turn them into visual and plastic wonders. Today we wanted to share with you different artists who have made recycling the basis of their work. Here we go!
This japanese creator bases his work on the use of everyday materials such as rolls of toilet paper and paper bags, in addition to other natural elements such as butterfly pupae, always inspired by the life of his homeland, Okinawa.
Notice-Forest (What Victory Tastes Like), 2012
This German designer has been creating art and everyday objects from plastic garbage for more than 20 years. Aesthetics, ecology and social responsibility converge in his work.
Beata and Gerhard Bär
Stuhl Recycling, 1990–1999
Martha Haversham finds small objects in the street and recycles them for use in her collages. His training in classical ballet permeates all his work, whether visual or performative. Her pockets are always full of what most people consider garbage and, however, for her they are treasures, since it ends up becoming part of her works and catalogs of haute couture. In his “Found Fashion” project there are skirts made with dry leaves and bird feathers in headdresses.
Miquel Aparici (Barcelona, 1963) undertook an artistic adventure at the end of the 90s: turning his drawings into beings in three dimensions, using utensils of ancient crafts, as well as molds and objects in disuse of wood and metal, using the technique of “assemblage”. Since then he has produced more than 350 pieces, representing all kinds of animals of different shapes and sizes, from a life-size elephant to small insects.
This artist produces disturbing compositions on the ground with the waste that he finds in nature, making the spectator an accomplice of the uncontrolled waste. Its facilities, as he says, reflect the reality of our current environmental situation. His resulting photographic series represent a new form of colonization by consumerism, where even undeveloped land (such as virgin beaches) is not safe from the long-range impact of our culture of disposable products.
In 2009, Eileen Fisher started a garment collection program that was part of a circular system designed with the intention of giving value to discarded clothing. Since the program began, more than 1.2 million garments have been collected and converted into material for the artistic project that is hidden under the name of ‘Waste no more’. Users just have to send their clothes so that the design studio located in New York and led by Sigi Ahl, get down to work to create all kinds of artistic pieces, from cushions to wall hanging from materials received
Barry Rosenthal’s career was completed with his most social and environmentally committed project, “Found in Nature” that began by chance in 2007. He was surrounded by garbage, when he was looking for plants on the beach. He ordered some of those wastes and suddenly found a strange beauty in them. Since then this artist is dedicated body and soul to this thematic series, which every day has more followers around the world. Its objective is that we become aware of the global pollution problem.
Found in Nature – Green Containers
Other artists like Gregg Segal have wanted to denounce the excess garbage that we generate in our day to day. This photographer, through the “7 Days of Garbage“ series, exposes exactly how much garbage we produce in just one week. Segal decided to portray groups of people and families of different social classes, along with the garbage they produce. The result is shocking.
7 Days of Garbage
As you can see, there are many ways to turn something into beauty that a priori is just a simple waste. Do not sit idly by, tell us what you do with your waste! We want to continue to be inspired to find ways to reuse and recycle. Of course, do not forget that the best way to contribute to the conservation of the environment is always the reduction of the raw material we consume.