Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Will This Rug Give You Lung Cancer?

Photos courtesy: designboom

As I am always saying, I adore creativity; but, I have to wonder about this one. It is definitely creative, looks amazing and makes use of what others throw away; but, is it practical?

Artists are always looking for new mediums with which to express themselves; and, a growing number are looking toward using garbage as an art form. These artists are trying to find ways of utilizing things we usually throw away to express themselves artistically - like dryer lint; egg shells; broken pieces of jewellry and shiny objects; items bound for the landfill; and, many other items considered as garbage by the vast majority of people.

Puerto Rican artist Jesus Bubu Negron has taken using garbage for art to a new level - he makes rugs out of cigarette butts. Not only does he used these discarded items for his projects; but, he has managed to talk the city street cleaners into giving him all the butts they collect during the day. The rug shown in the picture above is the result of his labours.

Designboom states, "The art project was presented at the Sharjah Biennale documenting the street cleaners at work and helpers fabricating the carpet. The carpet itself uses the paper of the cigarettes unrolled and layered on top of each other. The design utilizes the yellow and white pieces from the paper to create a pattern similar to a woven textile rug."

Close-up of design.

It just goes to show that even when it comes to cigarette butts, "trash" is really just raw materials in the wrong place.

Via TreeHugger

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