Junk Mail And Plastic Bottles Transformed Into Eco-Friendly Art Installations


Artist Aurora Robson has created sculptures that serve as a reminder of how much waste the public generates.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 9 july 2014

Canadian multimedia activist artist Aurora Robson turns everyday trash into environment-friendly works of art.

Described as a “subtle yet determined environmental activist,” the artist creates sculptures, collages, and installations using common waste including discarded plastic bottles and junk mail. Her intricate art pieces resemble abstract organisms or objects and can span an entire room or gallery. Most of the artist’s installations and sculptures are often lit with energy-saving LEDs that add either a radiant or an eerie cast to the pieces.


Aside from showing people that they can make amazing and creative things out of trash, the artist’s trash-made art also serves as a reminder of how much waste people generate.

The New York-based artist is known for an art course she designed called “Sculpture and Intercepting the Waste Stream,” which was designed to promote environmental stewardship through art. The course was introduced at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia in 2013. Robson talked about the course during her TEDx talk, Trash + Love, last year.

Robson is also the founding artist of the international collective Project Vortex. The collective includes designers, artists, and architects who also work with plastic debris.


The artist earned her B.A. in visual arts and art history at Columbia University. She was named the Elizabeth Kirkpatrick Doenges Scholar/Artist for 2012. Her work has been featured in publications like Art in America, Art & Antiques, Juxtapoz, Artworld Digest, on the covers of Arts Houston and Green Building + Design, and more. She has been a recipient of grants and awards such as a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in sculpture, the Pollock Krasner Grant, as well as a TED/Lincoln Re-Imagine Prize.

Robson’s recent projects include a solo exhibit called Stayin’ Alive, which is the culmination of her Environmental Artist Residency at the McColl Center for Visual Art in Uptown Charlotte. The exhibit opened on May 9th and runs through July 26th. The artist is also continuing the development of the “Sculpture and Intercepting the Waste Stream” course at Mary Baldwin coll.

Aurora Robson

Source: The Fox Is Black


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