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Bubble Gum, Masking Tape, Bottle Caps & Cutlery…Unexpected Art from Unusual Materials (Part 2)

You never know what will inspire the creative mind. This time, it’s forks and spoons, bottle caps, cassette tapes, masking tape, chewing gum ─ all recycled into the most amazing pieces of creation. Imagination’s the limit, as they say.

This is the second part of Unexpected Art from Unusual Materials ─ showcasing another collection of the next 8 of the most unusual pieces of art made from…well, the last things you’d imagine.

For those who missed the first part, here is Toiletpaper Art? Meat Art?  Unexpected Art from Unusual Materials (Part 1).

 

 

An eye for an eye.
An eye for an eye.

 

1 Cutlery Art. Gary Howie is an artist and his preferred choice of materials is cutlery. Spoons, forks and knives are his thing as you can see. Ten years ago he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. According to him, art has a therapeutic effect and helps him cope with the disease. (Pic from DIYisFun).

 

A forky bear. Creating cutlery art has been a fork-in-the-road for Howie’s Parkinson’s Disease management.
A forky bear. Creating cutlery art has been a fork-in-the-road for Howie’s Parkinson’s Disease management.

 

 

Marilyn Monroe in her famous pose.
Marilyn Monroe in her famous pose.

 

2 Cassette Tape Art. Erika Iris Simmons uses old discarded cassette tapes to “draw” portraits of famous people. Very clever and creative indeed. (Pic from arch2o).

 

The Beatles.

 

And here’s MJ. (pic: iri5)
And here’s MJ. (pic: iri5)

 

 

Crouching figure and Bending figure are made out of masking tape.
Crouching figure and Bending figure are made out of masking tape.

 

3 Masking Tape Art. Anna Gillespie is a UK sculptor who uses mixedmedia to make her powerful social statements.  Her more  recent works now incorporate nature’s elements such as beech nuts, acorn cups, twigs, galls which she then casts into the bronze of her figures.

 

Dappled Sleep (with acorns and twigs).
Dappled Sleep (with acorns, nuts and twigs).

 

 

A new take on 'Mother and Child Reunion? Titled ‘What Came First?’ this eggshell sculpture is by Kyle Bean.
A new take on ‘Mother and Child Reunion? Titled ‘What Came First?’ this eggshell sculpture is by Kyle Bean.

 

4 Egg Shell Art. Heard of egg shell art? A lot of artists make beautiful, delicate carvings onto eggshells and that’s egg shell art to us. But here’s one with a difference. It is egg shell art but made with lots of broken eggs.  This egg shell sculpture entitled ‘What Came First?’ was made by Brighton based designer Kyle Bean. Look at the sculpture and you’ve got the answer to the question. Go check out Bean’s portfolio at the link. (Pic from Kylie Bean).

 

Speaking of ‘Mother and Child Reunion’ ─ a song written by Paul Simon as far back as 1972, did you know that the song and title were inspired by a Chicken and Egg dish in a Chinese restaurant?

 

Here is Paul Simon performing Mother and Child Reunion

 

 

Bubble Gum Art by bubble gum proponent Maurizio Savini
Bubble Gum Art by bubble gum proponent Maurizio Savini

 

5 Bubble Gum Art. Italian sculptor Maurizio Savini, has a thing for bubble gum. No, not to chew and pop but to turn into objets d’art to make sociopolitical statements. Savini was one of the first artists to use the highly malleable material of chewing gum for sculpturing.  Each piece of art ─ whether he’s making animals or business men falling from the glass ceiling or clutching pillows, or chandeliers or women’s shoes ─ requires as much as 14kg (if not more) or 3,000 pieces of chewing gum plus hours upon hours of painstaking labour to construct. He also uses formaldehyde to preserve his sculptures for posterity. His favourite colour is pink ─ ultra pink as you will see in his work. Asked why, he says:  “Pink represents artificiality – when you see it, you associate it with a fake world.” (Pics from beautifuldecay).

 

Businessman clutching pillow.
Businessman clutching pillow.

 

Pink Crocodile (from the Philadelphia Zoo)
Pink Crocodile (from the Philadelphia Zoo)

 

Bear at the door
Bear at the door

 

 

Rather enigmatic charcoal art.
Rather enigmatic charcoal art.

 

6 Charcoal Art. Again the charcoal here is not being used to draw but appreciated in their raw form as clumps. Korean sculptor Bak Sung Chi created floating works with the heavy sinking material, Charcoal. (Pic from DIYisFun).

 

 

Deep in thought and looking despondent. Even nails have feelings.
Deep in thought and looking despondent. Even nails have feelings.

 

7 Nail Art. Nail art  takes on a different meaning when it comes under the purview of Andrew K. We’re not talking manicures here but real iron nails, those you hammer into the wall with. His works depict humour, in a tongue-in-cheek way. More nail art below. (Pic from DIYisFun).

 

He’s going to nail it with that song.
He’s going to nail it with that song.

 

Grinding on the old cog and wheel. It’s an uphill task even for a nail.
Grinding on the old cog and wheel. It’s an uphill task even for a nail.

 

 

Fish are made of these.
Fish are made of these.

 

8 Bottle Cap Art. Looks like a lot of artists are into bottle cap art which they often make into fish for some reason. Some are sold for a tidy sum. (Pics from pinterest and etsy).

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