The Most Inspiring Art of 2012

Honey Boo Boo Trash Portrait

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Honey Boo Boo Trash Portrait photo

credit: Jason Mecier

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So, Honey Boo Boo was a thing that happened in 2012. I'll leave the discussion of what that means for our culture to people smarter (and less connected to TLC. Note: Until recently TreeHugger and TLC shared a parent company, Discovery Communications) than myself. However, this sculpture of Honey Boo Boo by Jason Mecier certainly made a statement, both about its subject and the materials used in the piece. By using trash and found objects, many of which are branded, mass marketed product packages, I think Mecier is making a statement about consumerism, waste and what our society values.

From my earlier piece on Mecier's work:

In the video above, you'll see mosaic portrait artist, Jason Mecier take 25 pounds of trash and found objects and create an incredibly detailed portrait sculpture of Honey Boo Boo. The items Mecier uses to create his portraits come from what his subjects are known for, so it is fitting that packaging from butter, sugar and other junk food are well-represented in this piece.

Along with the Honey Boo Boo portrait, Mecier has done similar takes on celebrities, such as Snoop Dogg, Barack Obama, Lady Gaga, Conan O'Brien and more.

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