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Junk Shadows: the Art of Sue Webster and Tim Noble

In branding and design work, we often feel like we’re taking ordinary things and turning them into something bigger and better – but what if that ordinary item was… junk?

In this month’s Wired, British artists Sue Webster and Tim Noble are featured with their amazing shadow art that utilizes unsightly objects to make something beautiful. For the past 15 years, they have used items such as rat skeletons, scraps of wood, and old bottles to make sculptures that look like piles of junk. The sculptures are then lit up producing hyper-realistic silhouettes. The resourceful duo uses whatever materials they find on the streets of London – but we know what you’re thinking and no, their sculptures do not contain perishable items. “Back in the day, we found it impossible to sell our trash-based works,” Webster says. “Collectors feared that the materials we used would attract rats that would gnaw at their Picassos.”

Their most recent series, Street Compositions will be on display at the Blain|Southern gallery starting in October.

Via: wired.com

Photo credit: timnobleandsuewebster.com

Photo credit: timnobleandsuewebster.com

Photo credit: wired.com