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Garbage is associated with things that are unwanted, wasted and deemed unnecessary by users, but that is not always the case. In fact, garbage can sometimes be a key material used for creativity. There are incredible artists who successfully create art by using recycled materials like Styrofoam, like Andrew Junge, who collected Styrofoam to create his giant Hummer piece. The life-size sculpture of the car was made by collecting materials in the waste stream, hand-shaped, then assembled.

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Another artist who uses trash as a medium is designer Sandy Drobny, who used newspaper bags found in dumps to create a full-length gown (Evening News, Drobny).

Often self-taught geniuses, artists are fond using materials that allow them to create larger-than-life pieces that WOW! their audience. Artists like El Anatsui, a native of Ghana, who used trash to create incredible displays for the exhibit, “Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui”. The process of hanging up the displays for the exhibit is quite incredible to watch:

Another artist, UK native Molly Right, created unique bottle cap portraits, compiling thousands of caps together to formulate an image. With her portraits selling upward of £12, 000 each, it is easy to say that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure.

But these mainstream artists are not the only people who can create art from reusing and recycling waste materials. You can also employ this to create unique, one-of-a-kind gifts! Check out these recycled gift ideas here. It features some unique gifts made with recycled items we are familiar with. Among them are project ideas for a Bike Wheel Clock, Recycled Tie Clutch, and Circuit Board Cufflinks.

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