Eco Art, Trashy or Trendy?

Junk or treasure?

Junk or treasure?

Have you ever looked at a pile of old magazines and noticed the possibility for a great work of art? Maybe not, but several Eco artists have.

Eco Art, also referred to as Environmental Art, is an art style where works of art are literally created out of recyclable or previously used goods. Though not always, these art pieces are often constructed with an underlying message concerning an environmental issue at hand. Most often the material used to construct the piece deals directly with the issue being expressed.

That’s right, according Eco artists, those dirty plastic cups and spoons that you used at last nights dinner table can be melted down and transformed into a piece of jewelry to be worn, all the while expressing a statement of consumerism. This art fad is not new, dating back to the early 1980’s, but is becoming increasingly more popular as environmental and healthy lifestyle initiatives are starting to become more in trend.

If you watched the London 2012 Olympic games, in between the games you might have actually noticed a bit of eco art. In the Hospitality Centre at Olympic Park, Coca Cola commissioned Sarah Turner, an award winning eco artist, to create sculptures out of Coca Cola cans and bottles. The project was used as a statement by Coca Cola to express the environmental friendly changes they are making to their products and company.

Green Diary is an online collaboration of blogs that promotes a healthy green lifestyle. From article topics addressing environment friendly fashion to healthy eating habits, the site is sure to have an article that catches your attention. Within Green Diary’s Art category are several postings on Eco Art that are so stunning you will forget that the only material used was junk most of us throw away. Beautiful sculptures made from simple matchsticks and functional chandeliers are just a few of the creative works of art featured.

Waiting to be "rediscovered" 

Waiting to be "rediscovered" 

Not all Eco art is sculptural. Many functional Eco art pieces can be found for sale on the popular online marketplace, Etsy, a site that allows individuals to sell their own handmade goods. Items for sale include coasters made from old wine bottle corks and coffee tables constructed from old wooden pallets. Though these pieces may not be considered by most to be works of art, one can't deny that they are definately creative and crafty.

So is it trashy or trendy? It’s up to you to decide.

 

Photos by Tony Frantz