Sunday, August 26, 2007

tire sculpture reuse: what to do with tons of waste

There is really no clear eco way to reuse millions of tons of petroleum based tire scraps and waste. They are sometimes ground up and added to road paving, shreded and melted (but this caused toxic fumes). Some hip new eco shoe companies use tires as raw materials for shoe soles, but there is an older reuse which was using them whole as a cheap method of adding climbing structures to childrens playgrounds, or the ubiquitous tire swing that looks like an animal. Artists today are getting ever more elaborate in their endeavors of large scale sculpures made out of the waste. And of course you could build an earth rammed house stucture, filling the tires with dirt for the passive solar thermal walls....a little dose of creativity always helps. More on the history of the tire.
Photos via: ietinc, artist chakaia booker, robinzeggs, jlee, jaewalk, john, kathrynga, aquistbe, natural solitude, traykoolio, a is for angie, horse and buddha sculptures, Roxanne Urry's elephant sculpture from more than 100 used tires in Santa Rosa, and earth rammed house from Steven Hoffman.

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Blogger Gary said...

Some of those are really fantastic, especially the first ones.

5:59 AM  
Blogger Christy said...

I agree, they are very cool!

5:34 AM  
Blogger Kathe said...

Wow. I had no idea anyone was using my photos for anything. Thanks! If you ever use any more of mine, please let me know. I'd like to see how my stuff is used. :^)

And thanks for giving credit to those whose photos you've used.

Absolutely wonderful stuff here. Not just this post, but everything!

8:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

who is the artist af the horse and buddha?

6:35 PM  

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