Making Art from Recycled Materials

As an art teacher, I’ve always been a scavenger at heart and found ways to reuse found materials and tossed-out items in my classroom. Lately, I’ve become increasingly conscious about sustainability issues, reducing my carbon footprint, and promoting green practices in the art room. I guess that explains my growing interest in art made from recycled materials.

Here are two artists among seven recently featured over at WebUrbanist that might spark some ideas for projects that involve students making art from recycled materials.

Dr. Evermor (aka Tom Every) is a former industrial wrecking and salvage expert who has spent decades collecting scrapped machines and other discarded mechanical marterials. Since his retirement in 1983, Dr. Evermor has been creating whimsical scrap metal structures that can be seen in his studio/sculpture park near Baraboo, Wisconsin.

Evermor’s Forevertron is the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest scrap metal sculpture. It’s 120 feet by 60 feet and 50 feel tall, and weighs 320 tons). It includes elements of trash dating back to Thomas Edison and the Apollo space missions.

German artist, HA Schult has exhibited his “trash people” at many of the world’s major locations including New York City, the Great Wall of China, and the Pyramids of Giza. Schult and 30 assistants worked over 6 months to create the 1000 figures from crushed cans, computer parts and other waste materials.