Made from Junk – A collation of modern sculptures, furniture and lighting made from recycled materials

Stegowagenvolkssaurus by Patricia A. Renick, 1974

Stegowagenvolkssaurus, Patricia A. Renick, 1974 in the Steely Library.

Stegowagenvolkssaurus, Patricia A. Renick, 1974 in the Steely Library.

Patricia Renick, was born in Lakeland, Florida, USA, in 1932 and passed away in 2007. Patrica taught then after graduation taught Architecture and Art at the University of Cincinnati, College of Design, for over 3 decades.

As a sculptor, she has internet in repurposing other objects. The piece below is called ‘Stegowagenvolkssaurus’ or by it’s friends ‘Stego’.

Renick said about this piece’“is a commentary on the possible fate of the automobile in a society unwilling to give up some individual freedom of movement in order to conserve energy resources. As a consequence, even the fuel- efficient automobiles of the future may become as obsolete as the Stegosaurus of the past.”

Bull’s Head by Pablo Picasso 1942.

Bull’s Head by Pablo Picasso 1942.

Bull’s Head by Pablo Picasso 1942.

This hugely controversial work by Pablo Picasso was first exhibited in 1944 originally called Bicycle Seat, the pieces was shown at the Salon d’Automne in Paris. The exhibition contained a total of 78 pieces. Parisians did not like Picasso’s new works and Bicycle Seat was removed from the exhibition by public demand.

Eric Gibson, the art critic, described Bull’s Head as being unique amongst Picasso’s body of work for its ‘transparency’. Gibson says the sculpture is ‘a moment of wit and whimsy, both childlike and highly sophisticated in its simplicity, it stands as an assertion of the transforming power of the human imagination at a time when human values were under siege.’

The components of the sculpture were found in a pile of junk,

Picasso said about his creative process, Guess how I made the bull’s head? One day, in a pile of objects all jumbled up together, I found an old bicycle seat right next to a rusty set of handlebars. In a flash, they joined together in my head. The idea of the Bull’s Head came to me before I had a chance to think. All I did was weld them together… [but] if you were only to see the bull’s head and not the bicycle seat and handlebars that form it, the sculpture would lose some of its impact.’

This sculpture is on show at the Musee National Picasso-Paris. It is one of my favourite Picasso sculptures.

Panda Chair 2008 By Belen Hermosa

If you have 4232 old or unwanted compact disks you could either throw them in a landfill or as the Spanish artist Belen Hermosa did, you can repurpose them. I am not sure how comfortable this chair would be but as a work of art, it appeals to me.

Panda Chair 2008 By Belen Hermosa

Panda Chair 2008 By Belen Hermosa

Metal pipe chairs, Piet Hein Eek

Metal pipe chairs, Piet Hein Eek

Metal pipe chairs, Piet Hein Eek

If you are looking for something a little more radical, how about these from Piet Hein eek . The chairs are made from scrap and recycled pipe and are available for purchase at around € 8.251,00.

Maurizio Lamponi Leopardi

Maurizo, was born in Milan, possible the last great centre of european furniture design. In 1968 he graduated as a Building Surveyor. However, thank goodness, he did not find Building Surveying a satisfying career, he gave it up to focus on his art. Maurizo is one of my favourite repurposes he makes beautiful, pieces. You will find many unique lamps such as the photos below at his studio. Not cheap but beautiful. The Light on the left is called ‘Corsa 27’.

“Corsa 27” tablelamp from handle bar in original size, by Maurizio Lamponi Leopardi

“Corsa 27” tablelamp from handle bar in original size, by Maurizio Lamponi Leopardi

Table lamp “Vapor” from an old American steam iron, 2005, by Maurizio Lamponi Leopardi

Table lamp “Vapor” from an old American steam iron, 2005, by Maurizio Lamponi Leopardi

Wim Delvoye

Carved tire from the series ‘Pneu’ by Wim Delvoye

Carved tire from the series ‘Pneu’ by Wim Delvoye

Jamie 2005. Tattooed pigskin on polyester mould. 145 x 74 x 48 cm. By Wim Delvoye

Jamie 2005. Tattooed pigskin on polyester mould. 145 x 74 x 48 cm. By Wim Delvoye

This artist is a Belgian born in 1965 in Wervik and I love his work and ideas. What is more ugly or useless as an object than a used tire? Very little in my opinion. Wim takes these ugly items and transforms them into beautiful works of art.
Wim carves beautifully delicate reliefs into the tire wall, flowers, vines. His goal is to make the viewer think about nature whilst looking at an object that only has an industrial use. He does not use any mechanical tools or equipment to achieve his work. He does it all with hand tools.

Wim produces very controversial and quite shocking live works of art...How you ask? He tattoos pigs....In China This is a great use of iron boards, way more fun than ironing.

Installation of twelve ironing boards 1990, enamel paint on ironing board by Wim Delvoye. Funf Arbeiten, 1992, Kunsthalle, Nürnberg

Installation of twelve ironing boards 1990, enamel paint on ironing board by Wim Delvoye. Funf Arbeiten, 1992, Kunsthalle, Nürnberg

How artists and designers are using metals today and how long this apparently modern trend has been going on for.

Richard Serra: Experiencing Steel and Architecture at Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum, Spain - Double Stone Steel

Richard Serra: Experiencing Steel and Architecture at Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum, Spain

Gracia Ramírez explains how Richard Serra´s Cor-ten steel sculptures revitalise the experience of the built environment through play with negative space and the counterbalancing of heavy-weight metal structures.

The gargantuan stainless steel memorial to the legendary Mongolian leader Genghis Khan - Double Stone Steel

The gargantuan stainless steel memorial to the legendary Mongolian leader Genghis Khan

Richard Storer-Adam gives an overview of the imposing statue built to commemorate the famous warrior and observes how the process of Physical Vapor Deposition has been incorporated into the design.

An overview of three families of works by Catalan sculptor Jaume Plensa, b.1955 - Double Stone Steel

An overview of three families of works by Catalan sculptor Jaume Plensa, b.1955

Antonio Moll reviews these pieces which, employing light, play with the representation of human heads and alphabetic letters and are created from steel, aluminium, wire mesh, glass and snow.

A journey to visit the The Sun Voyager sculpture by Jón Gunnar Árnason in Reykjavík, Iceland - Double Stone Steel

A journey to visit the The Sun Voyager sculpture by Jón Gunnar Árnason in Reykjavík, Iceland

Richard Storer-Adam takes us on a trip to visit, admire and understand this ethereal and haunting Viking sculpture in polished stainless steel.

Curtis Jere – the partnership between Curtis Freiler and Jerry Fels, creating art from a heavenly mix of metals - Double Stone Steel

Curtis Jere – the partnership between Curtis Freiler and Jerry Fels, creating art from a heavenly mix of metals

Richard Storer-Adam looks at some of the spectacular artworks and innovative techniques creating pieces which are still sought-after today as iconic mid-century modern art.

The Architect - Double Stone Steel

The Architect

A poem by Richard Storer-Adam on the agony of the late night designing process for an architect.