Tim Noble and Sue Webster Shadow Art

March 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Tim Noble and Sue Webster are two artists based in England. I love their installations, in which they assembly piles of rubbish to obtain surprising shadows. Look at the image above: their creation is apparently chaotic and senseless, nothing more than a piece of junk. But it only needs to be enlightened  in the correct way to project on the wall its amazing true-meaning. Nothing is as it appears to be.

If you type on google search box “Tim Noble and Sue Webster”, you’ll discover more about their art. Their installations are usually made of piles of rubbish collected from London streets. A light is projected against the pile and in this way appear their true art: the shadow, which creates on the wall an entirely different image, typically one of the couple themselves.

On Youtube I found an interesting video about the 20 Modern Classics event. Here you can read an abstract of the Youtube description:

For their first solo exhibition in Russia, British artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster have produced a stunning collection of work that best reflects their ongoing fascination with silhouettes and self-analysis.

Here you can find the video. Play it to discover some of their works.

Their works are collected by Charles Saatchi. Selected works, biographies, previous and future exhibitions can be found on the Saatchi Gallery web page dedicated to Noble and Webster.

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Rubbish kayak

March 18, 2010 Leave a comment

It’s quite sure that this kayak wouldn’t be the most glamorous you have ever seen in your life: it is made of hundreds of used plastic water bottles, branches and jerry cans.

If you want to assembly your personal boat, you can follow the instructions on instructables.com (original source) or craftacraft.com.


March 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Canstruction is a food charity sponsored by the design and construction industry which has donated, since its inception, ten million pounds of food.

A clever payoff says “One can make a difference”. And infact Canstruction is a design/build competition currently held in cities throughout North America and countries around the world including Australia.

In the Canstruction official site they say:

At events held around the world, teams can spend months planning their structure but are given just 12 hours to defy expectations, logic, and gravity as they build fantastic sculptures from thousands of cans of food. Driven by the knowledge that their structures will change lives – by lifting the spirits of those in need, by raising public awareness, and most importantly, by filling the shelves of local food banks – dedicated volunteers work tirelessly to bring their creations to life.

Here you can find the Participating Cities.

The image above refers to the 2009 International Winners: Best Meal – CANda Hunger End? – Gensler.

More pictures on www.canstruction.org

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Plastic bottle vase

March 16, 2010 Leave a comment

Would you like to recreate the vase in the picture? All you need is a plastic bottle, a pair of scissors and a bit of dexterity.

On wikiHow – the how to manual that you can edit, you can find all the instructions and tips to transform an empty plastic bottle into a very original (and unbreakable) vase:  How to Make a Vase out of a Plastic Bottle

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Mark Langan’s Cardboard Art

March 15, 2010 Leave a comment

Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” reinvented by Mark Langan with cardboard. A beautiful example of upcycling.

Mark Langan is an Ohio artist who for about five years has been giving used corrugated cardboard a new life as sculpture. His materials are simple and green: corrugated boxes, non-toxic glue, a razor knife and a cutting edge.

The top ten of his cardboard sculptures (including image you see above) can be found at thedailygreen.com.

Discover other amusing examples of “corrugated art” visiting Mark Langan’s personal website, “Recyclable Art for a Green World”.

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Foam rubber sushi pillow

March 15, 2010 Leave a comment

Have you obtained foam rubber from your old sofa cushions and you don’t how use it? A nice solution arrives from Cut Out + Keep blog who gives you all the instructions to tranform your useless foam into new original sushi pillows.

Follow the 20 simple steps at www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/sushi_pillows to obtain your favourite sushi pillow. It’s also a very nice idea for an handmade gift.

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Pot from plastic bottles

March 7, 2010 Leave a comment

If you are looking for a practical and inexpensive solution for your seeds, this post taken from Fr. Peter’s DIY Environmental Ideas blog can help you: Self-Watering Recycled Plastic Bottle Plant Pot for Seeds

In the blog you’ll find all the explanation to create step by step a self-watering pot for your seeds.

If you want to make a pot with recycled newspaper, this link is for you: How to Create Seed-Starting Pots From Newspapers