Recycling Trash with Style!

“Miss Understood and Mr Meanor” 1997

“Miss Understood and Mr Meanor” 1997

London based art couple Tim Noble and Sue Webster use a different type of media for their sculpture work,

Dirty White Trash (With Gulls), Tim Noble and Sue Webster, 1998, 2011

"Dirty White Trash (With Gulls)", 1998

a variety of personal garbage and trash collected off of city streets.

The couple created their first “shadow sculpture”, called “Miss Understood and Mr. Meanor” in 1997, and another piece titled, “Dirty White Trash” in 1998, where a pile of trash is assembled so that when a light source is set at the perfect angle, the pile creates a silhouetted image on the background wall. Without the light source, the thoughtfully congregated sculpture looks just like a huge pile of tras

h on the gallery floor, which the artists loved as a statement questioning the definition of real art. The materials include anything from broken glass to used cue tips, all recycled from personal or street found garbage, and even two seagulls from Noble’s father’s old taxidermy collection to create a silhouetted image of the artists sitting back to back enjoying a cigarette and a glass of wine.

Noble and Webster, after receiving great attention with their assemblage sculptures went on to create many more featuring a variety of found and recycled items, scrap metal and even mummified animals. Other artworks that the couple is known for is their painting, ceramic work and large scale light installations that often deal with themes of self-portraits, social connection, pop culture, grunge and rock. Check them out at http://www.timnobleandsuewebster.com/

So next time you feel like you’re in need of some creative release but are lacking the material, go pick up some trash around your street or river and make a sweet sculpture that all your friends will dig! You’ll not only be making wonderful art, you will be playing a part to help clean our beautiful planet! Cheers!

~ Hannah Burleigh