Sustainability has been morphed to serve a variety of purposes in everyday life. Using waste products to create art is truly at the pinnacle in the modern times. From contemporary to heritage designs, artists are molding and crafting amazing pieces from waste that would otherwise be dumped in landfills or degraded with toxic byproducts. Creating replicas made entirely of recycled PET bottles, door knobs, foam and even recycled skateboards , some artists have made their mark in proficiency.
- Vincent Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ replica in Taiwan
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Taking art and recycling together, a company in Taiwan has given a new form to the ancient painting ‘Starry Night’ by Vincent Van Gogh. Opened on the occasion marking the 125th death anniversary of the ancient painter, this installation covers over 53 hectares. The replica is located on the outskirts of Keelung city in Taiwan and uses four million colorful plastic bottles to recreate the famous painting. Unison Developing Co. Ltd. Is the company that is behind this project, which portrays a whole new direction of recycling.
- London’s Tower Bridge replica
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Energizer marked the launch of their latest range in batteries called EcoAdvanced batteries with the release of a two-tonne replica of the famous Tower Bridge. This replica that is on display in London is 12m in length and 4m high. This structure is a result of four long weeks of hard work and was structured through photographs of the architectural monument. Constructed by gluing together 83,000 batteries, the model is a perfect example of creativity meeting sustainability.
- Van Gogh’s ‘starry night’ replica in Maryland
David Goldberg might be a regular hardware store owner, but his reinvention of the famous painting ‘Starry Night’ by Vincent Van Gogh using recycled door knobs mirrors his creative knack completely. Located in Bethesda, Maryland this replica is attracting a lot of attention by art enthusiasts around the world. The idea came to David when he was faced with a warehouse full of used door knobs. All this discarded brass door hardware was lying in David’s warehouse for over 15 years and was transformed by him into an eco-mural that decorates a wall in his store. Goldberg has used over 1250 door knobs, levers, and plates that were discontinued by manufacturers from Italy, Germany, and United states.
- German’s GigantenAus Stahl converts scraps to German classics
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Utilizing reclaimed car parts and scraps, the firm GigantenAus Stahl or ‘Giants of Steel’ have released a range of exotic looking German classics. City cars that were transformed into beach buggies, exotic cars with trick folding roofs, and the biggest attraction in the bunch- the replica of Mercedes- Benz 300SL “Gullwing”. The firm has been using recycled products to produce replicas for a long time. They have experimented with movie characters, animals, furniture, and even athletes, but their most exciting project yet is the classic car replica collection. This collection also includes a Porsche Spyder and a pre-war Auto Union grand Prix racer.
- Stonehenge replicas
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The massive standing stones in England have been inspiring many artists around the globe. Some of the best replicas of this pre-historic monument have been made out of recycled materials. In Natural Bridge, VA a Foamhenge stands closest to the original, thanks to the gray foam used that closely mimics stone. Taking things to a different level is a Phonehenge made from red British-style phone booths in Hard Rock Park in Myrtle Beach, SC. Carhenge is in Alliance, NE used 38 vintage cars that were otherwise rusting on local farms. Resurrected as a memorial for his father by Jim Reinders and his crew of 35 helpers, this attraction gets over 80,000 visitors each year.
By utilizing things that were otherwise completely unusable, some artists have been creating anamazing replica using recycled materials. These are a product of creativity that flows into an eco-friendly and sustainable effort to motivate the world.