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"Found" objects + "mixed media" = fanciful art

As a sort of combined follow-up to our "Robotic Art" series (see parts 1, 2 & 3) and recently popular "New ways to play with an old hardware", we gathered more examples of creative recycling and artistic experimentation with mixed media and "everyday" objects. Maybe it'll inspire you to go tinker in your own kitchen and yard - hoping that your wife would understand and maybe even share the excitement.

Frog Enhancement Sculptures - Frogs just want to have fun.

Mila Kalnitskaya & Micha Maslennikov decided that Mother Nature cheated frogs out of the ability to fly, so they need some outside help for that. Of course, "no animal was hurt during the art process, etc."

(image credit: mi-mi)

Recycle your computer: new ideas

What, you still have your old computer hanging around and not playing part in your home improvement? Here is some ideas for its recycling:
(most of the following creations are by Alex Andromeda)

Make some light fixtures:

or a custom camera stand:

(images credit: Alex Andromeda)

(image credit: exler)

Make yourself an office pet:

Improve your accessories:

(images credit: exler)

Your car will thank you:

Keep your bread fresh:

This CD chair can't be very comfortable...

Take old parts from your printer, and...

Ann Smith from BurrowBurrow knows exactly what to do with old electronic parts. Instead of gathering dust, her little creations brighten up the office and don't require any reason for existence other than "just because":

(images credit: Ann Smith, used by permission)

Furniture & Design Ideas with Everyday Objects

Lampshade made from the measuring tape:

Reading Light with a "soul":

Salt & Pepper Hug:

(images credit: mydoob.com)

"Still life" photography master Maurice Scheltens has some gool ideas how to use mundane objects:

A walkie-talkie "diva":

Finding new use for the old turntable? If it still rotates, why not put stuff on it and make groovy motion-blurred photographs? Here is one with a garbage bag, and the other one with some kind of an orange crate:

Create some kind of an extinct creature's skeleton with a bunch of cloth hangers:

(images credit: Maurice Scheltens)

Make wicked-looking spiders from scissors:

(this link got popular, but worth revisiting. Check out the page detailing how to make these menacing creatures)

(image credit: Heartless Machine)

Kosmotroniks - a new breed of robotic art, which moves, dances, jumps and flies around

These restless guys can really move around, looking rather like vintage toys. They are built by the Dutch musician and artist Harry Arling (thanks Martijn Reneman for the tip)

(images credit: Harry Arling)

Tasteful Robotic Designs from France

Eric Claverie not only creates whimsical robot structures, but he also has interesting ideas in furniture and interior design. Check out his endearing "robotic" lamps:

Look one of these cute robots in the eye, and you can be almost certain that it's smiling:

Nice "Mushroom Lamp":

and a great post-industrial chess set:

(images credit: Eric Claverie)

So far most of the examples of "mixed media" art were quite charming. But not all of them are cute and adorable. Prepare yourself for the....

Post-Apocalyptic Beetles!

Kosma Zrebiec dreamed up these giant beetles made from the discarded machine parts - battling each other somewhere in the middle of Polish countryside:

(images credit: Kosma Zrebiec)

While their friends are taking care of the oceans:

and inconspicuously appear in the urban centers:

(image credit: Bent Objects)

To counter all this, we recommend you drink some more beer and make fearsome beer-cap monsters to fend them off:

(images credit: lobzik)



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