Stuart Haygarth Recycles Picture Frames Into Colourful Stair at London Design Festival

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Images by B. Alter

The London Design Festival is just starting up and once again it is an eclectic mix of events taking place all over town. At the Victoria & Albert Museum there are two great installations, as well as talks and exhibits.

This one is by an artist well-known to TreeHuggers. Stuart Haygarth's work is composed of recycled things that he finds everywhere, on land and sea. This one is made of left-over and discarded pieces of picture frames.

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The installation is located on a grand marble staircase in the museum, leading up to the architecture galleries. The artist has worked with a discarded pieces of frames from John Jones framing company on this project. He has used over 100 different bits of frames in different colours and finishes. The picture-frame mouldings are all joined together and cut to form steps so they hug the stairs, leaving the middle part free for visitors to walk.

It is surprising how something so simple can be so dramatic. But this is Haygarth's genius: he takes the most mundane things, like eye glasses or mirrors or debris from the beach and turns them into something beautiful.

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Outside in the Madejski Garden, the Polish designers Zieta Process have installed a series of shapes over the pond made from metal sheets.

Called Blow and Roll, each element of this creation was brought into the garden as a flat rolled piece of metal and then it was unrolled and inflated with air to form the final sculpture. This invention of theirs is called FiDU which is the inflation of steel under high pressure.


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Never mind the technical jargon, the stainless steel looks fantastic, arching over the elliptically shaped pool and mimicking its shape in the reflection. Previous projects for the pond and the Garden have included architectural, recycled screens by the Chinese architect Yung Ho Chang.

More on London Design Festival

Architectural and Recycled Screens for the Garden
Haygarth Hits the Art World Big Time
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