Landfillharmonic Orchestra

We love a bit of UpCycling here at Tidings & Things but these musical instruments made out of objects found on a landfill site in Paraguay really have raised the bar.

Click on the link below to watch the truly inspiring trailer to the documentary that gave the children of one of the poorest slums in Latin America a voice.

Did you get lots of presents in cardboard boxes for Christmas? We suggest you make it into a sculpture. Here are some ideas to help you get started:

Violin and Typewriter by Chris Gilmour

Armadillo from Recyclart

Branch and Raven by Bartek Elsner

Frabjous by Professor George W. Hart (learn how to make it here)

Japanese creatives Nendo have come up with an inventive way of recycling used Coca-Cola’s “Contour Bottles”. Their “Bottleware” range uses the distinctive lower shape of the bottles to create eating vessels and bowls.

They say “Keeping these ring-shaped dimples on the base of our bowls and plates also helps to convey important messages about the way that glass circulates between people as it’s made, used and recycled for further use, and about the connections it makes between people in this process.”

Very interesting and a great way of recycling.

These beautiful Chandeliers are created by Carolina Fontuora Alzaga in Los Angeles, USA. Her “Connect” Series uses cast-off materials to make complex and visually stunning sculptures.

Her website states that “This series addresses class codes, power dynamics, reclaimed agency, and ecological responsibility. The traditional chandelier is seen as a bourgeois commodity, a cachet of affluence, excess, and as such power. The recycled bicycle parts become a representation of the dismissed, invisible, and powerless, but are also an affirmation of self-propelled movement. The bicycle chandelier thereby creates a new third meaning of reclaimed agency”.
- We like.

We came across this project and thought it was great; both in terms of it’s humble origins and also the combined (and multi-combination) effects of all those different colours, materials and contents. Some are beautiful, some powerful, and some are downright freaky. There are many many excellent pictures here on the project’s Flickr site, or more information about the project here.

The LOOZA Bottle Project is a collaborative art installation where throwaway materials are re-purposed.  The project spotlights consumption habits, and the democratic concept of the creativity inherent in all. LOOZA collaborators respond to the geometry of the glass vessel form filling it uniquely with the most humble of materials.  The 372 bottles ended up being many different things:  rhythmic, colorful, patterned, layered, sparkly, humorous, compassionate, obsessive, homage, structural, engineered, etc.

Created by Amsterdam-based creative agency Nothing, this (working) office is entirely made from recycled cardboard. Taking their name as the starting point for their approach to studio design and construction, Nothing’s office is low-cost, practical and interactive, with clients invited to leave scribbles or marks on surfaces to add to the environment.

We think this is great. In a world full of ‘new’, they have not only created something from nothing, but also encapsulated their entire business concept at the same time.

Thanks to Rachel at Museums & Galleries for the inspiration.

In our office we’re big fans of recycling, repurposing and upcycling. Sculptor and all round creative type Sean Avery has used old CDs to create his menagerie of animal sculptures, which we very much admire!

What better way to re use all those old CDs stashed in the bottom of a drawer?
Sean also makes things from other recycled materials, some of which you can see here.

NewspaperWood: what happened when student designer Mieke Meijer decided to flip the traditional thought process which starts with wood and ends with paper. The result: paper which is re-upcycled to wood!

"Designer Ed Chew takes a green step in the right direction with the TetraBox lamp, a light object made from discarded drink packets that would have otherwise ended up in landfills already packed to the brim. The design is achieved by unfolding the packets and refolding them into hexagonal and pentagonal sections that are then pieced together to form a geodesic sphere or any other desired shape"

To see how he makes them, click here.