Uncanny Factoid: UPcycling (3 pics)

Posted in Pictures       8 Feb 2011       11555       1

What is upcycling? Peek inside and find out and meet an amazing artist!

 

 

Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value. Upcycling has seen an increase in use due to its current marketability and the lowered cost of reused materials.

 These amazing artistic upcycling creations are designed and built by American artist Ann P. Smith and are created with robotic parts. She creates amazing sculptures that mimic life, nature, and anything that her creative mind comes up with.

She first began creating these amazing sculptures in Rhode Island School of Design. She was asked to create a 3d illustration. She was stumped, but then she saw a heap of junk and a light bulb went off in her head. She took the junk including a telephone and created a horse sculpture. She won great reviews and it kick started her career as an upcycling artist.

Learn Something Fun: In recent years, the US-based company TerraCycle has brought upcycling into mainstream by creating partnerships with major brands, such J&J, Kraft Foods, BIC, and Aveeno, to upcycle their packaging into new items, all while donating money to schools and charity.



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