Monday, November 25, 2013

Beauty from trash

These sculptures are amazing: made by Nigerian sculptor El Anatsui from trash -- hundreds of thousands of discarded gin, whiskey, and rum bottle screw-tops that he finds discarded near his village.

It's astonishing the beauty he creates from things that people throw away carelessly. The metallic curtains look fluid and soft, sharply contrasting to their rigid material. It's mind-boggling to see the hundreds of thousands of intricate rings connecting the screw-top material creating art that is simultaneously delicate and strong.

(Pictures taken at Brooklyn Museum of Art.)