Most of us might regard plastic blags and cardboard as little more than containers for utiliarian use. Once their purpose is served, they are discarded as trash. But, these two artists,  Ali Golzado and Mbongeni Buthelezi, have tasked themselves with transforming common trash into beautiful works of art.

Ali Golzado is a cardboard artist. His intricate multi-layer pieces are reminiscent of figurative expressionist paintings. Golzado hand-picks reference photographs and puts them together in interesting ways in Photoshop so that he can extract the features and elements he likes. He then sketches the completed image and uses this as a blueprint for the final sculpture.  It is very tedious work and Golzado admits that he has at times had to re-do some pieces completely in order to get the desired look.

Courtesy: http://golzadartblog.com Leonardo da Vinci ©2014 golzad Recycled, Corrugated Cardboard 99cm x 79cm (39″x31″)
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http://golzadartblog.com
Leonardo da Vinci
©2014 golzad
Recycled, Corrugated Cardboard
99cm x 79cm (39″x31″)

 

Courtesy: Golzadartblog.com Owl 0.2 ©golzad Recycled, Corrugated Cardboard 81cm x 62cm x 4cm (32″ x 24.5″ x 1.5″)
Courtesy: Golzadartblog.com
Owl 0.2
©golzad
Recycled, Corrugated Cardboard
81cm x 62cm x 4cm (32″ x 24.5″ x 1.5″)

 

Courtesy: Golzadartblog.com The American Dream Corrugated Cardboard 122cm x 89cm x 56cm = 48”x 34” x 22” ©Ali Golzad
Courtesy: Golzadartblog.com
The American Dream
Corrugated Cardboard
122cm x 89cm x 56cm = 48”x 34” x 22”
©Ali Golzad

 

Mbongeni Buthelezi paints with plastic. He collects discarded colored plastic bags from the streets of Johannesburg, South Africa. He then melts the plastic with a special tool onto a plastic surface. The result is mind-boggling. Close-up it looks like a lot of melted plastic, but as the viewer steps back,  the full picture emerges in a beautiful kaleidoscope of color.

 

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Mbongeni Buthelezi

 

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Mbongeni Buthelezi

 

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Mbongeni Buthelezi

 

 

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