Artworks made of recycled materials


We previously talked about works of art made of chocolate, sand or generally made of food or strange materials; however, we noticed that we never really wrote anything on art made of recycled materials.

As we began our search for artworks made of recycled materials, we managed to find some really unique and peculiar masterpieces. It was kind of clear that after compiling the most fascinating works, we would have showed them to you, so here we are.

As Wednesday is usually The Golden Scope’s art day, today’s article features six very talented artists and their wonderful works—made, of course, with recycled material.

The following individuals don’t just create beautiful pieces, but their art expresses the need to collaborate and help in recycling materials and prevent waste of potentially useful products and substances.



London-based artist Michelle Reader reuses waste materials to create unique figurative recycled sculptures. She has been working with recycled materials since 1997.



Ptolemy concentrates on creating sculpture of natural forms from re-cycled materials. At the moment he is working with a variety of materials including shopping trolleys, scrap metal and car wheel trims which he re-shapes into a variety of life forms.




Tim Noble and Sue Webster take ordinary things including rubbish, to make assemblages and then point light to create projected shadows. The process of transformation, from discarded waste or scrap metal to a recognizable image, echoes the idea of ‘perceptual psychology’.



Yuken Teruya is renowned for turning toilet rolls into an actual forest. The cut-out branches and leaves e all made of recycled toilet paper rolls. Yuken shares on his site that “it is as if I am helping the paper awakens its ability to come to life.”




Rodrigo is an American based artist that works exclusively with recycled materials. He finds the “products” to make his works in dumpster’s to roadsides, or in Baja California dumpsites.




Leo Sewell grew up near a dump. He has played with junk now for fifty years and has developed his own assemblage technique. His sculptures are composed of recycled objects of plastic, metal and wood.


(All photos are taken from and they all belong to their original owners)

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