Upcycler and Sculptor Gabriel Dishaw finds creative, environmentally sound ways of re-purposing waste. Combining his fine art background with discarded or found objects and materials that would ordinarily end up in a landfill, he creates tabletop sculptures representing his passions and personal interests. His most recent series combines his love of Star Wars with Louis Vuitton leather, hardware and other upcycled materials. Read more
Today is Earth Day. The perfect time to share the artist decorated trash recycling bins for 2017. The last time I shared with you a slew of artist decorated trash cans it was way back in 2012. Now in its 14th year, Global Inheritance has continued to select a limited number of artists to decorate recycling bins to promote global awareness and recycling at the Coachella music festival . Read more
At first glance the founders of Bureo look like a casting call for a Southern California surfing show. But as tanned and gorgeous as they may be, they had bigger fish to fry – or in this case, save. The founders, driven by a passion to protect our oceans, have found a positive solution for discarded waste – turning old fishing nets into skateboards. Read more
More than 20 large banners that encouraged United Airlines customers to “Fly the Friendly Skies” at Chicago O’Hare airport found new life as 100 eco-friendly carry-on bags thanks to the Re:new Project and some talented students. Read more
Canlove is a collective of artists devoted to removing discarded spray paint cans from heavily concentrated graffiti zones and properly recycling them by turning them into various artworks.
Discarded empty spray cans are a natural part of the scene in areas with a lot of graffiti. Some cans lie around for years before being sent to the landfills. And these cans are not necessarily environmentally friendly either. Many times spray cans are not recycled because of their pressurized and toxic nature.
Canlove takes those cans and unlocks their potential as a medium for artwork in themselves. The results are everything from unusual floral-like bouquets which use every part of the can to abstract art made from the residual paint left in the cans.
These beauties are pretty self explanatory, and can add a burst of color to anywhere they sit. Metal cut flowers, bouquets or plants made from the discarded cans. And the best part is you don’t need a green thumb to own one forever.
Cut Metal Flowers:
Other Floral Plants:
Many of the above shown arrangements are currently on display at the Chalk Gallery in Venice. To inquire about pricing, contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org
All of these works were created from the residual paint left over in the spray cans. It is released in different ways to achieve the desired painting technique for the piece. Sometimes hundreds of cans make up one work since there is so little paint in each can.
Splatter and Skelecan:
See all the Bleeds here
Canscapes are mosaic types of art created from body of the can. The square of metal that it becomes is colored completely on its own, its the paint drying when its exposed to air that makes the composition of the swatch. They collect them and rivet them together into the following compositions.
RAMÓN CORONADO, a self described “cross-media visual designer” is a recent Graphic Design graduate from Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design. He has an array of unusual designs and concepts to his credit, but I found this particular one both inspired and inspirational. Read more