What is ART*Cycled?

ART*Cycled is a reclaimed and upcycled art installation that premiered for the first time in October, 2016 during Campus Sustainability Week. Through a partnership with the Office of Sustainability, U of S art students were able to save university-owned surplus assets from the landfill by turning them into throughtful pieces of sustainable art.

The success of ART*Cycled 2016 has ensured that it will return to campus in 2017. Interested art students should contact the office at sustainable.engagement@usask.ca for more information.

ART*Cycled Winter 2018

E Haffermehl - Coffee Cup Mosaic

A mosaic of coffee cup lids created for ARTCycled 2018 by E Haffermehl

Using her own large collection of Tim Hortons coffee cups (that she diligently refused to discard), E wanted to transform the paper cup into something not instantly recognizable. In the process of taking them apart E began to enjoy the color variation of the coffee stains and the beauty of the individuality of the objects. She carefully cut the botoms of the cups and assembled them on the ground, creating a tile-like surface where the stans and variation make the paper cup mysterious, stone-like, and monumental. Only up close might we see the coffee cup material itself.

Gloria Simpkins - Repurposed Stone

An art project created from discarded and repurposed stone countertops for ARTCycled 2018 by Gloria Simplkins

Using the challenge of discarded stone countertops as a media, Gloria responded to the process of breaking it apart, analzing the forms, stacking them, balancing them, setting up contradictory positions, and transforming our perception of how this material should behave. Gloria carefully assembled the stone, referencing cairns, while fixing them to defy gravity and create contradictory associations.

Geoffrey Vaz - Discarded Windshields

An art project created from discarded and repurposed glass windshields for ARTCycled 2018 by Geoffrey Vaz

Using the challenge of discarded glass windshields as his media, Geoffrey transformed the glass to become fragmented, broken, and appearing like a smashed car windshield. While this has symbolic associations with cautionary driving, these glass sculptures are also fascinatingly beautiful in color and shape, simultaneously attracting and repelling the viewer.

Hailey Jones - Paper Tube Sculpture

An sculpture created from discarded paper tubes for ARTCycled 2018 by Hailey Jones

Using discarded sauna tubes, Hailey began by taking the tube completely apart, cutting it into strips, soaking it, reversing the inside to the outside, and exploring what the material would and would not do. He then began reconstructing an alternative column with organic shapes, parts of the interior now becoming the outside, and strips of heavy cardboard transforming into delicate curled ribbons. The column now is softer, tree-like, and whimsical.

Mila Pshebylo - Eggshell Sculpture

A sculpture created from discarded eggshells for ARTCycled 2018 by Mila Pshebylo

Using the challenge of discarded eggshells as a media for sculpture, Mila transforms the delicate and frail shells into a thin pillar. Stringing them together, they form a line of intricate shapes, exposing both their inner and outer layers, each one unique. They also respond to air flow and move together as a kinetic piece.

ART*Cycled 2017

E Haffermehl - Disassembled Bike Rolling Machine

An oil-spraying rolling machine made from a disassembled bike by E Haffermehl for ART*Cycled 2017.

Using the remnants of a discarded bike, E wanted to use the bike as an artistic tool. Disassembling the bike and reassembling its parts into a rolling machine allowed her to spray oil across a canvas as the new machine was propelled. The leftover oil was recycled and used as automotive oil.

Gloria Simpkins - Nest

A nest-like sculpture made from the gears, wires, and cables salvaged from discarded bikes by Gloria Simpkins for ART*Cycled 2017.

Using the remnants of a discarded bike, Gloria was fascinated by the gears, wires, and cables. Taking the bike, disassembling it, and salvaging its parts she chose to respond to the cables' and wires' natural tendency of winding and curling, creating a dense nest-like sculpture which imitates how birds collect odd and at times ecletic materials that they are attracted to.

Geoffrey Vaz - Wheel Row

A sculpture made from a row of salvaged bike wheels by Geoffrey Vaz for ART*Cycled 2017.

Using discarded bikes and salvaging the bare wheels, Geoffrey was attracted to trying to simulate the movement of a wheel using multiple rims and positioning them as if floating. Geoffrey also removed spokes from all the wheels, and if viewed from one end the bike wheel becomes complete.

Hailey Jones - Tire Creature

An anthropomorphic creature sculpture made from bike tires and cables by Hailey Jones for ART*Cycled 2017.

Using the remnants of a discarded bike, Hailey diligently stripped the rubber from the tires and carefully cut the heavy rubber into strips. He wanted to build an object that was completely unrecognizable from the bike itself and built an anthropomorphic sculpture that is creature-like and uses both the rubber of the tires, cables, and other hidden parts of the bike.

Mila Pshebylo - Kinetic Bike Sculpture

A kinetic sculpture made from disassembled bike parts by Mila Pshhebylo for ART*Cycled 2017.

Using the remnants of a discarded bike, Mila was attracted to the sounds and visual movement of the wheels and gears. Taking the bike apart and reassembling its parts she created an apparatus that moves awkwardly, swings like a pendulum, and has its activity generated by the viewers' interaction.

ART*Cycled 2016

Community Centrepiece - Underlit Dome

An underlit dome produced by the ART*Cycled 2016 students

Produced co-operatively by all of the participating ART*Cycled 2016 students, this light dome as modified to feature a rotating palette of coloured lights. It was surrounded by potting soil in the Place Riel North Concourse to produce a the effect of a glowing orb protruding from the earth.

Plasma Cut Waste Barrel - Dani Dale

An intricately laser cut waste barrel made by Dani Dale

"Inspired by the intricate metal work of artist Cal Lane, I decided to cut organic, skeletal leaf patterns into this barrel using a plasma cutter to open it up and add a visual lightness. In order to add the illusion of depth, I placed a mirror in the bottom and added an inch of water to provide the added illusion of movement."

- Dani Dale, ART 341.3 student

Plasma cut barrel by Dani Dale, vertical image

Refurbished Massage Table - Ali Ahmed

A set of massage tables -- one refurbished -- made by art student Ali Ahmed

"My idea was to artfully recycle a piece of garbage (two discarded U of S massage tables) by subtly refining the surface and making minimal changes to bring new life to something old and forgotten. I left one table with its used vinyl upholstery and re-upholstered th eother table, adding a dissolvable silkscreened pattern to the surface."

- Ali Ahmed, ART 441.3 student

Nest - Stephanie Turtle

A reclaimed bird cage sculpture by student Stephanie Turtle

"In my sculpture, Nest, I used a found parrot cage, tipped over and stuffed with synthetic materials that spill out, to signify the unnatural way we claim ownership over other species by locking them in cages and domesticating something that was once wild. Our methods and technologies are wildly out of balance and our need to dominate and control nature has a resulting negative impact. The nest is a bird's traditional home which has been disrupted and infringed upon by our destruction of the environment."

- Stephanie Turtle, ART 441.3 student

Waste Sculpture - Nic Saraceno

A waste sculpture made by student Nic Saraceno

"The idea for my recycled art piece is inspired by the mountains of consumer waste building up in our landfills. I added a touch of the Pokemon character "Muk", made of sticky purple sludge. Consumer waste is becoming a problem and everybody should learn to reduce waste or Muk will get you!"

- Nic Saraceno, ART 341.3 student

Instruments of Consumption - Adrian Golban

Instruments of Consumption, a sculpture made by student Adrian Golban

"My art piece, Instruments of Consumption, was inspired by wanting to recycle my daughter's baby formula bottles. I added recycled wood, metal, plaster, and paint to create a series that represents the exponential consumption of our society."

- Adrian Golban, Visiting Research Student

Milk - Emily Zdunich

Milk, a sculpture by student Emily Zdunich

"My recycled material was a school desk, found discarded at the U of S Materials Handling yards, and a plastic milk jug from my home. I did a mash-up of these materials with the addition of wax and paint to create my piece, Milk, which is the illusion of milk pouring onto the desk. I chose the desk because I enjoyed the possibilities of multiple conversations that could arise, allowing the viewer to decide on the meaning behind the piece."

- Emily Zdunich, ART 341.3 Student

Plaster milk jugs made by Emily Zdunich

Slate Tiles - William Lee

A slate tile mosaic made by student William Lee

"These slate tiles were once used as shingles on a building at the University of Saskatchewan, but had been replaced and discarded. In light of their disposal, I've collected and arranged these tiles to be admired as documentation of the time they endured."

- William Lee, ART 441.3 student