First noted in 2006, TreeHugger has been following eco-artist Stuart Haygarth's career carefully. This initial sighting was his comparatively humble creation of a chandelier made of debris collected from the beach. Now, a mere 3 years later, he has hit the big time with an exhibition at a prominent gallery, definitely not known for its environmental bent.
And Haygarth has stayed true to his roots, with a series of 19 different pieces, all made from abandoned objects and discarded items. His meticulous and painstaking organization of the random bits has resulted in unique beautiful objects that have a new significance.
Urchins, the series of three shaggy lights is made up of the arms of hundreds of eye glasses. They are covered with black powder and lit with LED light strips. They look like a shaggy dog from afar and a maze of beauty up close.
Haygarth gathers the insignificant objects that make up his creations on regular excursions to flea markets, flea markets, beaches and the streets of London and he methodically stores the objects based on colour, material or subject.
This huge disco ball is made from the side view mirrors smashed off cars. Since London has narrow roads, these lost mirrors are a common feature of city driving. He created this revolving ball with 350 of them attached to a sphere with mirrors.
This is part of a new series of work because Haygarth is fascinated by the stories evoked by these shattered mirrors and the fact that modern society moves at such a fast pace creating such risks.
This beautiful lamp is made of a stainless steel ring mounted with uncut optical lens. Haygarth is fascinated with illuminating discarded objects and making them look like jewels. But there is a certain discomfort because we are drawn in with "childlike wonder and once captured, we are are left contemplating our own insignificance as we see former family items discarded at times because the owner is no longer alive."
How could any animal lover or kitsch lover resist this lamp made of porcelain animal figurines found in charity shops around town. One of the pair is all about cats, the other about dogs.
As Haygarth has said, "My work revolves around everyday objects, collected in large quantities, categorized and presented in such a way that they are given new meaning. It is about giving banal and overlooked objects new significance."
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