Challenging perception and creating new ways to look at the world is what artists do. Recycled artists do this not only by their choice of subject matter but through their deliberate choice of unconventional materials, forcing the viewer to reconsider preconceived notions of what materials are appropriate for creating art . The most successful recycled artists elevate recycled art above mere novelty and whimsy, beyond egg cartons and cardboard tubes, past the goofiness of randomly gluing a bunch of junk together and calling it modern art; they are serious artists with a sense of humor, engaged in heroic acts of trashformation. Ruby Re-Usable, March 23, 2007