Who are some artists who create art of entirely found or recycled objects?



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    Aaron Kramer and Anna C. Roebuck are both artists who use recycled or discarded materials to create their artwork.

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    Here are a couple of environmental artists who are getting attention in the art world:

    Andy Goldsworthy – Probably one of the better known environmental artists, British-born Andy Goldsworthy is famous for his site-specific, ephemeral work employing colorful flowers, leaves, mud, twigs, snow, icicles, and stones.

    Artist-Naturalist Nils-Udo – Bavarian artist Nils-Udo has been working directly with nature for more than three decades. As a response to the surrounding landscape, the pieces use materials found locally–ranging from berries, leaves, sticks, to the movement of water and the growth of plants.

    Agnes Denes – One of the grandmothers of the early environmental art movement and Conceptual art, Denes’ wide range of interests surface in her work as commentaries on “human values and misplaced priorities,”challenging our views of natural cycles and stewardship.

    Chris Jordan – The Seattle-based lawyer-turned-artist works with the mundane details of American consumer culture–a plastic cup, a paper bag–and couples them with the shocking but oftentimes incomprehensible statistics and scale of excess consumption.

    Red Earth Environmental Art Group – An interdisciplinary collective of artists working with other specialists–geologists, architects, farmers, archaeologists, historians, ecologists, astronomers, land managers, animals and other communities–to create experimental connections and “physical speculations” between art, science, and nature.

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      My artwork is made from recycled materials, primarily recycled post consumer tin cans.
      From jewelry, tea pots, chocolate pots, Judiaca to an entire lawn of 32,300 blades of “grass”, this work continues to make comments about our consumer society.
      Find images and information on my web site at:

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    One place you might want to check out (at least look at some pictures) is the Albany Bulb in California. Some pretty incredible art is made out there from found objects. 

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         Though he was not an environmentalist, French surrealist Marchel Duchamp was one of the first artists to use recycled materials in his art. He called his sculptures made from things like bicycle wheels and bottle racks, “ready mades”. His most famous work is a urinal which he signed with a pseudonym and titled, Fountain.

         Duchamp’s Readymades challenged conventional notions of art during the early part of the 20th century. He is also famous for his work where he painted a goatee and mustache on the Mona Lisa.

    Fountain (1917) by Marcel Duchamp

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