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The Upcycled Art Movement

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If you are looking for a unique piece of art for your house, you should look into purchasing some upcycled art. Upcycling art is part of a movement to convert old material that one may traditionally discard into something useful, beautiful and inventive.

Upcycling Is Not Necessarily New

A lot of the media coverage surrounding upcycling makes it seem like something that was just recently created. However, one could argue that upcycling really started in the 1930s through the 1940s.

During the 1930's and 1940's, upcycling was driven by a need to be thrifty brought on by the Great Depression and World War II. Individuals either did not have money for new items or were trying to conserve resources. This lead to many individuals engaging in what today we would consider upcycling. It was not uncommon to see an old feed sack turned into a dress or worn out wood turned into furniture.

The Upcycling Movement Is Growing

Upcycling may have gone underground for a while, but it did not disappear. There is currently a rather large and growing upcycling community. If you have an artistic leaning, or just want to explore your creative side more, there are plenty of do it yourself upcycling ideas that can be found on the internet. Instead of purchasing a new art piece for your home, you can make your own.

Contemporary Art Incorporates Upcycling

If you are not really the do it yourself type of person, you can purchase upcycling pieces for your house. Although contemporary upcycled art is sometimes mocked in popular media, it takes true skills and talent to create these pieces.

These pieces can be extremely large and intricate, such as the skull sculpture created by artist Phil Hall for the 2009 Sustainable Living Festival in Melbourne. This piece of upcycled art used plastic water bottles, plywood, wire mesh and glass riot shields to create something entirely different.

You can find a wide range of contemporary art pieces that incorporate the concept of upcycling. You can find anything from large lifelike sculptures to a small sculpture that would easily fit on your end table. You can even find pieces that are easy to hang on your wall.

If you want to have a piece of artwork in your house that is visually striking and also has an interesting history behind it, you should look into some contemporary art that incorporates the concept of upcycling. You may be able to find these types of art pieces at a local art gallery or artist market. For more information, contact an art deal, such as those found at Gallery Gevik Gallery Phillip.