#16 Junk Artist

20 Points

Recycle rubbish into wicked works of art while doing your bit to clean up the world at the same time!

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What to do

Your mission is:

Make art and fashion out of recycled rubbish. Check out the notes for the tool list you need (above) and sculpt that trash!

1. BE A PICASSO Of PLASTIC

Get primed to be a Picasso of plastic by watching this awesome time-lapse of a clean-up on Rangitoto Island in Auckland, and the sweet-as dolphin art work that resulted from the 8,327 bottle caps collected on the beach. Ka pai Sustainable Coastlines!

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2. TIRED OF WASTE?

With your squad of soon-to-be junk artists, scout out a wild place that needs some lovin’ (i.e., a decent clean up): check out your local beach, stream or riverside.

Or you could get the muck out of the mangroves, like at Mangaere (pictured) in South Auckland.

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3. RUBBISH COLLECTOR

Get gloved up and use your wild eyes to spot rubbish that doesn’t belong there, especially stuff that is bad for the environment or wildlife, like plastic bags and bottles.

Collect it all in your rubbish sack.

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4. TREASURE HUNT

Make a checklist of litter to find or turn the trash busting into a treasure hunt. Make it into a competition to see who can find the wackiest and weirdest stuff that's been thrown away.

(You can keep the $100 bill you found!)

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5. TURTLE STRANGLER

This sea turtle became severely deformed after doing an unlucky hula hoop with a plastic ring from a milk bottle top when it was little :-(

Isn't it nuts to think about where the Bunnings balloon or KFC straw ends up when you let it go? Check the 'What's Happening' tab to get in the know!

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6. PLASTIC PALETTE

Spread out your treasures on a tarpaulin or newspaper and harness your creative powers to see what they could become. You could arrange them into colours, textures or shapes.

Get ready to paint with plastic!

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7. UBER-COOL UPCYCLING

Then, using the glue, paper, scissors and sellotape, love-up that litter and transform it into an up-cycled artwork!

You could make a mosaic of one of the weird and wonderful sea creatures that you're helping out by cleaning up (e.g. a dolphin, penguin, octopus or koura), OR you could make a sculpture (check out the next level swag in the 'inspiration' tab).

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8. UPLOAD TO THE JUDGES

Upload your awesome junk art work to the Wild Eyes art critics, and earn points to get your eyes to the next level. 

How about putting on a wild waste art exhibition with your friends or classmates? Maybe you could have an auction to raise funds for a cause – like a local reserve or clean-up effort!

image: (c) Sustainable Coastlines NZ

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WILD FACTOR

For extra wildness, talk with your teacher, parents or Love Your Coast group and identify a neglected neighbourhood nature spot that needs a visit from the trash busters. 

Set a date and organize a trash busting team. Get local media and dignitaries along to see the results of your trash exorcism.

TIP: take BEFORE and AFTER photos so it's clear what impact you've had!

 

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TRASHION DESIGNER

And for double bonus wildness take your junk art to the next level: get inspired by Australian designer Marina DeBris and turn your junk into fashionable beach couture

For more wearable art inspiration check out Wellington's WOW!

What's happening?

WE'RE GETTING WASTED

In the 21st Century we humans make a huge amount of stuff. (Scientists reckon that’s a big part of how we’re changing the Earth’s climate.) So much of this stuff gets chucked out – in fact, in little old New Zealand we managed to throw away more than 25 tonnes of plastic waste every day!

PLASTIC IS NOT FANTASTIC

Plastic takes thousands of years to break down, if EVER; so that shopping bag or drink bottle you used once is going to be around for a VERY long time! Watch the video and get the low down on why plastic is drastic and what you can do to help. Over to you Sam:

ALL DRAINS LEAD TO THE SEA

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– Going down the drain. 

Where does the water from your sink and gutter go? As Nemo says, most storm water drains in New Zealand Cities go straight out into the rivers and streams and then the ocean. 

This picture is off all the junk that the Sustainable Coastlines found in a single drain on Auckland's Queen St. 

I've got a very sore tummy!

That glitter that was cool on the Christmas card for your Mum is not so cool in the tummy of a turtle … so next time you rinse stuff down the sink, like paint or your sister's cooking, have a think about where it goes.

These toxic and long-lasting plastics go straight into the sea where they end up in the stomachs of marine animals, like this poor albatross.

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– You wouldn't eat this, so don't feed it to me!

PACIFIC TRASH VORTEX!

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is roughly 13 times the size of New Zealand, and isn’t really that great at all! It’s a swirling mass of plastic bags and bottles; a thick soup of plastic gloop in the north east of the Pacific Ocean.

It’s the world’s biggest landfill, always pulling in more junk, like the Death Star’s tractor beam.

BAGGING PLASTIC BAGS

Single-use, disposable plastic makes up nearly ¾ of all rubbish picked up on New Zealand beaches. Making it into art is not only a way of getting another use out of it, but also a way of getting us to think about the things we use and how they affect the world around us. 

Be a superhero who saves the planet and get your Mum to shop with a reusable cloth bag or cardboard box! 

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– Used? Once. Kills things? Forever.

Inspiration

YOUR WORLD IS A PIG STY!

Imagine if instead of going to the tip all your house’s rubbish just got piled up in your room. That’s a bit like what’s happening to Planet Earth on a bigger scale.

Unless we start using less and recycling more all this everlasting stuff is causing a lot of problems. Being a junk artist is a start!

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– Would you live here?

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– Recycled art rockhopper penguin

Washed Ashore is a US project raising awareness about plastic pollution in oceans and waterways by making EPIC animal sculptures from ocean waste collected in beach clean-ups.

Check out the mega junk art gallery here: for BFG-sized fish, octopus, seals and jellyfish. 

These guys are junk artist maestros! Can your creation match theirs?! Yuss!

THE MAKING OF A MARLIN

Here's a behind-the-scenes look at how Washed Ashore made a magnificent marlin from plastic and other trash found in a beach-clean up. Can you sculpt a giant sized NZ animal? You win Wild Eyes if you can!!

USE AGAIN, LOOK AGAIN

Or if you need more inspiration to get creative with junk, have a look at the incredible 3D optical illusion created by this recycled art Raphael (Raphael is a famous Italian painter, as well as a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle!) 

JUNK ART TOP 40

I recycle a heap of stuff (twigs, leaves ...) to make my nest, but I've never used jandals like these washed up flip-flop artists! Check this Junk Art Top 40 for more sweet-as-manuka-honey examples of awesome art made from common trash.

- Katy the kōkako

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– Planet earth says ka pai!

If you get a local beach or stream clean-up happening you can feel great about helping the planet, and if you've lucky you could get a present for your Mum for forgetting her birthday, like this hair comb (maybe wash it first)!

STRANDBEEST SUPREME

Is it art or is it science? Either way, we reckon this is the supreme award-winner for something made from waste. Be gob-smacked by Dutch designer Theo Jansen's amazing wind-powered beach 'animals' made from recycled PVC pipes and plastic sheets. 

Maybe if your beach clean-up is massive enough you'll be able to make it a friendly habitat for these sublime sand creatures?

TOYS FROM TRASH

If you want to truly take it the next level, check out what two brothers from Haiti – Adlin (13) and Wens (15) – made from trash they found ... could you make a remote controlled truck from scratch?

What other members have done:

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No-Eyed Monster

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RedCow
I collected rubbish from up the maunga. There were lots of beer tops, especially near the benches. I glue-gunned some things I found together and made this monster.
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One mans junk another mans treasure

One mans junk another mans treasure

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WBaker
I had a look around for things I could recyle and I made a happy face because it's a beautiful day and I am feeling happy.
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Bottle cap volcano

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The black bottle caps is the volcano and the red ones are the lava.
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Tui on the tree

Tui on the tree

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Vico
It is a big mountain to the left & in the top left corner there is ice & it melts & turns into the stream.The stream turns into a river & on the river there is a red boat named 'Tui on the tree'
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rubbish from the beach

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ukuleleguy
I arranged the bits of rubbish into groups by their color.
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junk dragon!

junk dragon!

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pikachu
he is 100% recycled! his head is an egg carton and his body is a cracker box.
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Debby the rubbish monster!!!!!

Debby the rubbish monster!!!!!

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Victoria
Debby is made out of a Pump bottle, an old sock with a hole in the toe,a milk bottle lid, old knitting and some of a hummus container, all things that people consider rubbish!!!w
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My crazy dad

My crazy dad

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JoJo
My dad gave me a lot of inspiration for this one
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Junk artist

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jmyms1234
With this we ( lauren and I) thought we'd help the school by picking up the junk we found from around the school and painted it.
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today we did the junk artist it was really fun it did take some time but that was ok are group was shay, bridget, nikita and mia it was really cool!!!
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Opo the recycled dolphin!

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Opo the recycled dolphin!

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I'm a bottle nosed dolphin, but I'm made from milk bottle tops! With less plastic waste in our ocean there'd be more of me = take a tote bag to the shops instead of a plastic bag Mum!