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Shari Mendelson: Honey Bear and 3 Vessels

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Shari Mendelson recycles plastic bottles into ornate, playful vases

We should be more aware that recycling is something kids do naturally. The amount of toilet roll tubes and egg boxes that were upcycled into magnificent artworks when I was younger definitely (maybe) made a dent in our wastage as a society. And while my Art Attack days are behind me, I still marvel at those who are able to create something out of nothing.

Shari Mendelson has achieved this with the humble plastic bottle, cutting it up into pieces to form ornate vessels that even your gran would be happy to have on her windowsill. I particularly like the pieces where the provenance is clear, with the original shape forming part of the sculpture or the print on the bottle remaining as part of the piece. Not only highlighting our wastefulness, this simple idea also alludes to the value we place on objects.

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Shari Mendelson: Blue and Clear Water Jug

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