UPCYCLE YOUR DUMPTER : Adaptive Reuse Urban Art by Oliver Bishop Young

Posted in Architecture, Installation, Performance, Sculpture, Social by RADDblog on September 28, 2009


How many different ways can you upcycle a dumpster? In a project called ‘Skip Conversions’, eco-conscious artist Oliver Bishop Young proved that what used to be grimy, unsanitary trash receptacles can be transformed for a myriad of uses including swimming pools, skateboard ramps, gardens and even public toilets.

The Goldsmiths University graduate created a stunning urban art project that highlights the versatility of what many people consider a single-use item. It brings together guerilla installation art, recycling, upcycling and freeganism.

Part of the charm of this installation is its accessibility, with converted dumpsters located on public streets, giving passersby a chance to not only change their perceptions of what dumpsters are for, but interact with the upcycled art.

Simply adding a custom liner and some water gives dumpster diving a new meaning, while a few pieces of bent plywood and tape create a miniature skate ramp. A rug, television and seating create a cozy little living space, soil and seeds bring some color to urban environments and a bed of grass becomes an impromptu stage.

via WebUrbanist


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  1. Fashionable Earth said, on October 7, 2009 at 2:25 PM

    We love this !! Take a look at other natural swimming pools! Read more here: http://fashionableearth.org/blog/2009/10/07/swimming-au-naturale/

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