The article explains: 'According to the artist's site, +Brauer carefully chooses vintage objects that have an industrial past, that are marked by time and whose patina have been molded by years of manual use. He admires the beauty, sometimes hidden, of these discarded industrial parts, alters their appearance, sculpts them and incorporates light sources into their structure before assembling the parts together to create a unique and poetic piece. The site also notes that right from conception, the element of light is an integral part of the artwork: each robot is designed to interact with its environment in a different way whether it is turned on or off. 'Each piece is a statement of poetic resistance to mass consumption,' according to +Brauer. With his Plastic Icon series, the artist turns to plastic, a material threatening the planet. Every second, plastic is dumped in the oceans, more than 100,000 marine mammals die every year and if the world goes on like this, there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans by 2050, explains +Brauer.'
Check out the Waste360 article for a slideshow of some of +Brauer's work, including some awesome robots and mosaics made from found plastic objects. Learn more on the artist's web site. The "Books" section of the site, listing books in which the artist's work is featured, has just added to my already too-long Amazon wish list and Goodreads "Want to Read" lists. You can also follow +Brauer on Facebook, as I've just done. I look forward to lots of adorable upcycled robots in my news feed!
|From the Plastic Icon series by +Brauer.|
|This one's called Tom. Image from +Brauer's web site.|