As much as we admire sculptures made of stone and clay, there’s something incredible about sculptures made of everyday items. Some artists chose to make sculptures out of recycled items in order to create less waste and promote recycling, while others simply find inspiration in unusual places. Whatever the reason, we love when artists take ordinary things and make them extraordinary. Here are some of our favorite incredible sculptures made using everyday items.
Chewing Gum Sculptures
Maurizio Savini must have saved a lot of gum under his desk to have enough to make so many amazing chewing gum sculptures.
Barack Obama Hair Sculpture
Huang Xin welcomed President Obama to China with 4 kilograms of hair in his image.
Ptolemy Elrington gathers old hubcaps and turns them into marvelous metal monsters.
Chris Gilmour used to make cardboard sculptures out of only white, unmarked cardboard, but eventually came to love showing off the medium for what it is.
Robert Bradford turns what he calls mini uncredited pieces of art into huge toy sculptures.
Coat Hanger Gorilla
David Mach must have a pretty expensive dry cleaner bill to have enough hangers to create this massive coat hanger gorilla sculpture.
Kitchen Utensil Skull
Subodh Gupta cooked up this giant skull sculpture out of dinner plates, pots, whisks, and other kitchen utensils.
Electronic Parts Animal Sculptures
Anna Smith gives broken and outdated electronic parts a new life as beautiful animal sculptures that don’t need to function to be valuable.
Bernard Pras makes piles of trash that from most angles look like he’s just another litterbug, but when you look at them just right you see masterpieces.
Landry Detergent Dinosaur
Richard Coy created the dump dinosaur as part of a project organized by Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s art department and the Indiana County Recycling Center focused with the theme “animals in your trash.”
Peter Callesen not only sculpts out of regular sheets of paper, but somehow makes remarkable silhouettes out of what he didn’t use. Nothing is wasted—it’s all part of the art.
Plastic Water Bottle Jelly Fish
Miwa Koizumi created some unusual pet jellyfish and other sea creatures out of plastic bottles, resulting less trash that ends up in the ocean.
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