Ben Von Wong is a photographer looking to create meaningful work. His latest campaign is called Mermaids Hate Plastic. Did you know that plastic takes 450 years to decompose?! That means that virtually every piece of plastic created still exists somewhere. Frightening. By 2050 there will more plastic than fish in the sea! It doesn’t have to be that way though. By making a conscious effort to use less plastic, we can change the amount of plastic that ends up in the ocean.
We hope all of our Upcyclers are having an awesome summer! It’s been a busy one for us at Upcycle That. In July we launched the Eco Summer promotion at the WTC More mall in Hong Kong. Summertime is hot and it’s important to stay hydrated. What do you do with your empty plastic bottles? You could recycle them, or you could upcycle them into massive sculptures! For Eco Summer we created 2 giant plastic bottle sculptures: a 6 foot tall tennis racket and a 2 meter wide shoe!
These dog sculptures made by Israeli artist Nirit Levav really make us smile. They are life size sculptures of dogs made out of upcycled bicycle chains. Although scrap metal chains are quite a heavy duty material, these dog sculptures are super sweet and look absolutely adorable.
There’s something quite beautiful about the look of vintage tennis rackets. This upcycled tennis racket art by South African upcycler Danielle Clough is just brilliant. Danielle uses old tennis rackets as a canvas for her embroidered art.
When you look at bottle caps what do you see? Mike Valle sees the potential for art. We think his bottle cap portraits are awesome! His upcycling takes a material that most people consider trash, and transforms it into a colourful art medium.
Sabine Brosche is a German paper cutting artist living in remote Australia. She loves the idea of creating art from almost nothing. This gorgeous project, ‘Burned & Cut’ was made exclusively from old and damaged books that were thrifted, gifted or salvaged from recycling bins.
Matt Wilson is a sculpture artist from South Carolina. He makes incredible cutlery art. Originally a drawer and a painter, Matt applied to be a welder in a shipyard and began to make awesome scrap metal sculptures. Now a full time upcycling artist, Matt specializes in sculptures made out of found materials. We especially love his cutlery birds.
This cassette tape art is inspirational! It is the upcycled work of Atlanta based artist Erika Iris Simmons. Erika goes by the artist name iri5 and makes incredible upcycled art. Her materials of choice are cassette and film tape, music pages, playing cards and pretty much whatever else she can find.
These pallet letters are so lovely! They would be perfect for DIY wedding decor or day-to-day wall art. The best part of this project is that it’s super thrifty. Free pallets are super easy to come by. If you have some scraps of plywood and leftover paint/stain you could even make this upcycled wall art without dropping a dime! Are you in? Read on to find out how to make ’em!
It’s incredible what you can create with scrap metal and ingenuity! This scrap metal art was created by Derek McDonald, an upcycling artist based out of Orange County, California. Derek started welding in high school. He didn’t have a job and so started welding any free “junk” he could gets his hands on. And so began Derek’s career transforming metal pipes, broken metal chairs, nuts, bolts, screws and washers into scrap metal art.