Amazing art made from recycled goods and trash 2

Erika Iris Simmons Ghost in the Machine Bob Dylan

Following up on yesterday's post on UniquEco and their amazing work recycling flip flops into art and goods, I wanted to feature some artists who accomplish a rare achievement, truly transforming garbage and used goods into beautiful works of art. Artist Jean Shin creates beautiful large-scale sculptures and installations, often from used goods or items donated from the community. Her works have been displayed at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and many other places worldwide. She was born in Seoul, South Korea, and now lives in New York City. .
Jean Shin Sound Wave 2007 (vinyl records)

Jean Shin Sound Wave 2007 (vinyl records)

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Jean Shin Penumbra 2003 (umbrellas)

Jean Shin Penumbra 2003 (umbrellas)

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Jean Shin Glasscape 2005 (wine bottles)

Jean Shin Glasscape 2005 (wine bottles)

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Jean Shin Hide, 2004 (recycled shoes)

Jean Shin Hide, 2004 (recycled shoes)

. Derick Melander carefully folds used clothing into precise geometric compositions, and transforms these intimate personal garments into abstract sculptures. He was born in Saratoga Springs, New York and lives in New York City and founded the arts organization Tag Projects. Among other places, he has shown at the Queens Museum of Art in New York and the Carnegie Art Museum in California. .
Derick Melander Compression 2007

Derick Melander Compression 2007

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Derick Melander Universa Set 2008

Derick Melander Universa Set 2008

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Derick Melander The Ocean is the Underlying Basis for Every Wave 2008

Derick Melander The Ocean is the Underlying Basis for Every Wave 2008

. Ron van der Ende is a sculptor living in Rotterdam, The Netherlands who uses found wood to create playful and ironic wall mounted bas-reliefs. His work has shown worldwide including at Ambach & Rice in Seattle, Washington and at the Historisch Museum Rotterdam, The Netherlands. .
Ron van der Ende NASCAR Charger 2009 (found wood)

Ron van der Ende NASCAR Charger 2009 (found wood)

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Ron van der Ende Stadsbus 2007 (found wood)

Ron van der Ende Stadsbus 2007 (found wood)

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Ron van der Ende Taylor Burton 2009 (found wood)

Ron van der Ende Taylor Burton 2009 (found wood)

. Steven McPherson is a UK based artist whose talents span from sculpting to photography to music and video. He collected debris from the coast near his home and composed the pieces by color and shape into subtle harmonious works of art that are accompanied by text describing the possible origins of each item. .
Steven McPherson 224 Produce Tags 2010

Steven McPherson 224 Produce Tags 2010

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Steven McPherson multi4 (plastic ocean debris)

Steven McPherson multi4 (plastic ocean debris)

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Steven McPherson Combination Piece (Orange No2) 2009 (plastic ocean debris)

Steven McPherson Combination Piece (Orange No2) 2009 (plastic ocean debris)

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Steven McPherson Chromatic Sampler (Red Detail) 2009 (plastic ocean debris)

Steven McPherson Chromatic Sampler (Red Detail) 2009 (plastic ocean debris)

. Born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1983, Erika Iris Simmons began showing her work in 2008 and has been in group shows at the Arizona Museum for Youth in Mesa, AZ, and at the Peninsula School of Art. On a pop note - her work inspired the Bruno Mars video "Just the Way You Are" (my teenage daughter saw Erika's cool art work and said, hey, that's just like the Bruno Mars video). .
Erika Iris Simmons Ghost in the Machine Kurt Cobain

Erika Iris Simmons Ghost in the Machine Kurt Cobain

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Erika Iris Simmons Dodgers pitcher Fernando Valenquela (from authentic major-league baseball)

Erika Iris Simmons Dodgers pitcher Fernando Valenquela (from authentic major-league baseball)

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Erika Iris Simmons Ghost in the Machine Bob Dylan

Erika Iris Simmons Ghost in the Machine Bob Dylan

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