Upcycled Art

Upcycled Art and Architecture that inspired our work this week.

I happened upon an exhibit of the Washed Ashore installation at the beach in Newport a few years ago. The exhibit of marine life fashioned out of beach debris was one of the most effective tools I have ever seen to promote marine education and conservation. It was so poignant and I have thought of it many times since. It’s origins were in Bandon, Oregon and it has toured the country at museums and marine centers, such as Sea World and the Smithsonian National Zoological Park. There are workshops and ongoing exhibits in Bandon and a chance to participate in creating one of the pieces. Here is the information on the organization and its events.



Ken Butler is one of my favorite people and I have known him for many years. He is an amazingly talented and cool guy. A Portland native, now based in Brooklyn , he is an internationally recognized artist, musician, and designer of experimental musical instruments created from diverse materials including tools, sports equipment, and household object , and he has been doing it for over 30 years, long before it was fashionable to upcycle. In 2014 he was invited to exhibit at The Prada Foundation in Venice, as part of the “Art or Sound” exhibition at the Venice Biennale. His works have been exhibited and performed throughout the USA, Canada, and Europe including The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and Lincoln Center and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. For videos of his concerts and more information: https://kenbutler.squarespace.com/

A great resource for materials to create upcycled art can be found at scrap. It is a fun place to rummage for any kind of project. You never know what you will find in the way of art materials. https://scrappdx.org/

I happened upon an exhibit of a Washed Ashore installation at the beach in Newport a few years ago. It was o