by M. W. Byrne Oct 8, 2021
Trash. We all make it.
28 Stunning Pieces of Junk Art
A theme park made wholly from litter that Euclide picked up in New York‘s Central Park
Gregory Euclide “Microcosmic World Park”
An entire dining room made from discarded lottery tickets, this is an ambitious piece that actually shows more than $70,000 in tickets
Adam Eckstrom and Lauren Was “Dream Home”
Gentry uses a combination of natural artistic talent to use floppy disks as the canvas for his drawings.
Nick Gentry “Elements of Existence”
There’s something very special about adding in a pop-culture icon like Star Wars that shows a Warhol-esque attitude.
Derek Gores “Empire State of Mind”
At first glance, you see nothing but a pile of junk. Only when lights strikes the work and halos it against a wall does the genius come to life.
Tim NoblE and Sue Webster’s “Shadow Sculptures”
Driftwood is a common item to be reused and reclaimed by artists, artisans, and craftspeople. Here it's turned into something far more lively than a coffee table.
Heather Jansch’S Driftwood Horses
Norma Jean, AKA Marilyn Monroe has inspired artists since before her brief stint on this planet came to an abrupt end. As Marilyn was beauty that came from cruelty, so is this destruction reborn as elegance.
Tom Deininger “Marilyn”
In Erika's Ghost In The Machine series, musical icons are created out of the ribbons of magnetized tape that once held their creations.
Erika Iris Simmons “Ghost In The Machine – Kurt Cobain”
Paper and varnish is all what French Atelier Hapax used. Pieces of paper cardboard are held with hat pins that have been topped with successive drops of recycled wax to form the balls atop each figure.
Atelier Hapax “Chess Set”
A display at the Brooklyn Academy Of Music, Shin admits “Sound Wave” is intended to show how a single person’s taste in music amounts to nothing more than a wave breaking against the shore, dissipating and gone.
Jean Shin “Sound Wave”
An electrical installation comprised largely of dead bulbs that have been thrown away, strings dangle down.
Caitlind r.c. Brown “Cloud”
Andrew Chase has made several items of epic animalistic art from scrap metal, and also some that are fully articulated and capable of robotic motion.
Andrew Chase T-Rex
Ten stories high using more than 1,000 discarded doors, the ambitious nature of the South Korean sculpture is enough to astound.
Choi Jeong-Hwa “Doors”
Wendy filled a room with ten-foot arches of torn book pages, creating a series of gateways that emulate the transportive quality that literature has.
Wendy Wahl "Branches Unbound"
Foster has created an entire series made out of whatever the landfill offered up, finding fantastical reality in the leavings of man.
Johnston Foster “Catch and Release”
Townsley likes to pick a single trash item and use it to maximum effect. She’s made this stunning city from used till rolls that came out of registers.
Jill Townsley “Till Rolls”
Rivera has a knack for altering battered technology to become showpieces worthy of respect. This retro motorcycle in miniature stands proof.
Miguel Rivera “Hard Disk Drive Bike”
Incredibly dark, children made from military fatigues dancing around a bomb is less an artistic critique and more a harsh truth of many war-torn parts of the world.
Guerra De La Paz “Ring Around the Rosy”
Lin Evola-Smidt has said all she does she does for peace on Earth. Once built into guns used to kill, the Peace Angel is proof that we can use the metal to better effect.
Lin Evola-Smidt “Renaissance Peace Angel”
Playful and thoughtful, the punny “Litterbugs” collection is precisely what we all want it to be.
Mark Oliver “Litterbugs”
Trying to see usefulness where others see junk, Elrington is another metalworker who gets his kicks making life from thrown away steel.
Ptolemy Elrington “Hubcap Creatures”
A wall of old computer monitors doesn’t look like much, until it’s given a little juice.
Sandy Smith “Mauritian Sunset”
After 50 years of honing his craft, Seowell is the undisputed master of the junk sculpture. He uses anything and everything on hand to shock and amaze.
Leo Seowell “Jesus Christ”
Using cans as her canvas, these tiny paintings and portraits make junk looking nothing short of gorgeous.
Kim Alsbrooks “Trash Miniatures”
BRC is an acronym for the artist Benjamin Rollins Caldwell who creates furniture from discarded technology.
BRC Designs “Binary Low Table”
A sculptor who uses the nearly impossible medium of rubber tires, delicate latticework and naturalistic expressions that are made with no mechanical tools.
Wim Delvoye Tyres
That’s a set of plastic yogurt containers you’re seeing that have been lit up to prove with a touch of ingenuity, anything can be made transcendent.
Aidia Studio “MilkyWave”
A reimagination of a classic done wholly with found objects, Jane has thrown down the gauntlet. Your move, Vermeer.
Jane Perkins “Girl with a Pearl Earring”