Turning trash into art is my kind of recycling! We saw these pieces of marine animals made out of recycled plastic at the Monterey Bay Aquarium (where we also loved the jellyfish and seahorse exhibits). Sayaka Gantz made these sculptures out of reclaimed materials that might have otherwise been polluting the ocean.
Both sides of her pieces are interesting! Can you see all the plastic cutlery? My kids had fun trying to identify all the plastic parts.
Erica of What Do We Do All Day? said, “It reminds me of that famous photo with the bird that swallowed all the plastic debris.”
We saw another plastic sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. It’s made entirely of plastic drinking cups. Some of the cups are squished in order to make the wonderful organic curvy lines. It’s hanging from the ceiling of the first floor.
The idea of recyclables being turned into fine art got me thinking of what you can do with recycled plastic. What do you think of using it to build a house? Or a school? Watch plastic bottles turn into a school room in this 3.5 minute feel good video!
My thanks to Jacquie from KC Edventures for this find: Amazing Shadow Sculptures made from trash!
My next step is to save the plastic that we usually thow out in our recycle bin and have the kids make art from it. Stay tuned.
Would you and your kids want to try a recycled plastic art project too? If you do (or have done it already), I’d love to include a photo of your project!
Artist uses plastic ocean waste to create sculpture
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