A trolley washed up on the beach at Whitehaven, Cumbria, England.
A trolley washed up on the beach at Whitehaven, Cumbria, England.

Photo by Alan Cleaver.

"Sea Chair" by Studio Swine
"Sea Chair" by Studio Swine

The ‘Sea Chair’ is made entirely from plastic recovered from our oceans. In collaboration with Kieren Jones, Studio Swine has created devices to collect and process marine debris into a series of stools.

 

Bionersis landfill project in Pasto, Colombia
Bionersis landfill project in Pasto, Colombia

Bacteria will help transform this rubbish dump into a public park. Read more here. Photo by Alex E. Proimos.

“Styrene,” Paul Cocksedge (English), 2002
“Styrene,” Paul Cocksedge (English), 2002

In ordinary polystyrene coffee cups, Paul Cocksedge has found a cheap, abundant, but aesthetically malleable material that can be melted together without added adhesive. Cocksedge first created the Styrene lamp for his graduation from the Royal College of Art. In 2012, he reissued the design, which is now available in his online shop.

 Photo of scrapped cars by  Geraldo Magela

Photo of scrapped cars by Geraldo Magela

“Refuge/Refuse Chaise,” Marcia Stuermer (American), 2003
“Refuge/Refuse Chaise,” Marcia Stuermer (American), 2003

Made from street trash found within a two-block radius of the artist’s studio, this piece strives to be both compelling and repelling in order to present the vast disparities within our society.