There is a diverse array of junk in the dumpsters, a myriad of recycled materials available to make art, yet Ruby Re-Usable keeps coming back to the plastic, especially the plastic bags. And she is not alone.
Check out MadSilence’s posts on The Art of the Plastic Bag and Plastic Bag Art: the sequel for some plastic bag facts and some fascinating plastic bag art, including Dan Steinhilber’s Plastic Bag Chandelier, Ruby Re-Usable’s plastic bag people, and Judith Selby Lang’s replica of Ryoan-ji Garden in Kyoto made entirely out of plastic bags and other recycled materials.
The Visible Trash Society has the YouTube link to Lang’s garden HERE
It“™s kind of nice. Here plastic bags are the scourge of the highways and oceans, choking aquatic wildlife and making whole islands in the sea, and artists everywhere are turning them into a material of art. Plastic Bagalicious on the Green Museum blog.
Episode Three of Leave No Plastic Behind reality-based art exhibit opens June 12 in PDX (that’s Portland, Oregon, USA), where select artists try to live a plastic-free lifestyle for 3 months and make art out of the plastic that they do happen to use during that time period.
Our favorite piece in the London Zoo Recycled Sculpture Show is this polar bear and cub made with polystyrene, sheet, chicken mesh and plastic bags: