OpenRoad Driver Volume 14 Issue 1 - Page 91

Volume 14 Issue 1 » 91 C U STO M WO R K Artistic Edge AN I M AL S O F R E C YC L I N G by Lauren Kramer » The recycling movement has long become a staple in our disposal of items, but while many of us think only as far as our blue bins, recycling has awoken the creativity of artists all over the world. Some artists are using vehicles themselves as their canvases – luminaries like Jeff Koons, Alexander Calder and Andy Warhol through their BMW Art Cars, for example – while others are distinguishing themselves by choosing recycled car parts as the key medium of their work. Ptolemy Erlington and Blake McFarland are two sculptors who are recreating a wild kingdom of animals out of recycled materials. Be it hubcaps or tires, these artists are proving yet again that art knows no bounds, and that one man’s trash is another’s treasure.