- 5:59 pm - Fri, Sep 5, 2014
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The Art of “Kipple”
A project from photographer Dan Tobin Smith was evidently inspired by Philp K. Dick’s notion of “Kipple”
"Kipple is useless objects, like junk mail or match folders after you use the last match or gum wrappers or yesterday’s homeopape [newspaper]. When nobody’s around, kipple reproduces itself… the entire universe is moving towards a final state of total, absolute kippleization." From Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep
According to Creative Review, Tobin Smith set out to “create a huge installation out of thousands of unwanted objects.”So there was an open call for stuff people didn’t want anymore. And now:
Tobin Smith has assembled the 200 square metre installation in his studio as part of London Design Festival 2014. It is made up of thousands of objects that he has collected and that have been donated by the public via the website CallForKipple.com.
The objects are arranged chromatically and have been laid out across the studio floor with such care that the colours blend into one another seamlessly: reds flow into browns, pinks and purples; sea greens into shades of turquoise and dark blue.
The concept of kipple, says Tobin Smith, “inspired me to start thinking about design and products – we make so much stuff but we’ve got limited resources. Often it’s bound up with taste, we think because it’s beautiful it’s okay – but if it’s useless, it’s useless.”
More here: Creative Review - Dan Tobin Smith’s art of useless objects
- 12:20 pm - Mon, Aug 11, 2014
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Indonesian artist Ono Gaf works primarily with metallic junk reclaimed from a trash heap to create his animalistic sculptures.
His most recent piece is this giant turtle containing hundreds of individual metal components like car parts, tools, bike parts, instruments, springs, and tractor rotors.
You can read a bit more about Gaf over on the Jakarta Post, and see more of this turtle in this set of photos by Gina Sanderson.
(via A Towering Turtle of Discarded Industrial Junk Welded by Ono Gaf | Colossal)
- 3:40 pm - Thu, Jul 17, 2014
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If you visited Governor’s Island in New York last summer you most certainly saw the billowing, cloud-like structure that sits in the middle of the lawn. …
It’s not until you get up close that you realize it’s made from many, many plastic bottles stringed together. “53,780 used plastic bottles,” says designer Jason Klimoski, “the number thrown away in NYC in just 1 hour.” Klimoski and his team at STUDIO KCA collected the bottles – a combination of milk jugs and water bottles – and lashed them together to create “Head in the Clouds,” a pavilion people can walk into, sit inside, and contemplate just how much plastic is thrown away every day.
The structure … is now looking for its next home. If you’re interested in having this in your back yard get in touch with the designers.
More: A Sculptural Cloud of Plastic Bottles Illustrates One Hour of Trash in NYC | Colossal
- 3:05 pm - Mon, Jun 30, 2014
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What can be done with burned-out, or even shattered light bulbs? Here’s one eye-catching answer:
The Bulbbox, by Ángel Tausía, is pretty much just want it sounds like – a lamp made with a box of bulbs.
A matte white aluminum box holds a series of burned out bulbs and bulb fragments along with one bulb and socket that actually works.
(via Bulbbox: A Lamp Made with a Box of Bulbs - Design Milk)
- 3:40 pm - Sun, Jun 29, 2014
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Jeremy Underwood’s ongoing photo series Human Debris repurposes found trash into site-specific sculptures.
Municipal waterways often double as highways for garbage—a well-known and highly visible problem with no obvious solution. So when photographer Jeremy Underwood stumbled across an especially polluted beach in Houston, he decided to make the trash he found into more than just lazily bobbing reminders of intractability.
“I simply couldn’t believe the state this area was in,” Underwood told WIRED by email. “Garbage littered the shoreline, a pungent smell filled the air and signs about the polluted waters stood in confirmation of its degraded state. Hidden from view, I felt something had to be done to bring attention to this beach … it struck me for the first time that taking only a picture was not enough. ”
(via Monuments Made of Trash Remind Us to Treat Earth More Kindly | Raw File | WIRED)