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 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