We give you a compilation of the 10 largest and most impressive Eco or Recycled statues and sculptures.
Discover in the following pages 10 of the biggest monuments meant to stand out and raise awareness (not just through an imposing size) into bringing a positive change to our ecosystem.
Eco sculptures are usually built to make a statement and have an environmental impact.
1. OCEAN ATLAS
What does it represent? Ocean Atlas is the largest underwater sculpture. It’s an exquisite representation of the massive Greek titan Atlas.
Size – It weighs 60 tons and measures 18 feet (5.5 m) in height.
Environmental impact – Fish and fauna overcrowd the Bahamian reefs. One of this impressive artwork’s roles is to double as an artificial coral reef, thus attracting fish and other life forms to colonize the sculpture.
Placement & Time: Bahamas Islands waters; 2014
Artist: Jason deCaires Taylor
Jason Taylor is the world’s most renowned underwater sculptor. He opened the first such amazing and cool museum for public view back in 2006. Below, you can watch a short movie, demonstrating his awesome talent and dedication to his work into the Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park.
2. MILK CARTONS CASTLE
What does it represent? As the name states it, it’s one of the most awesome castles in the world, only made from tetra packets of milk. What’s outstanding about it is that it’s made entirely out of recycled materials.
Size – 95 ft. 1″ (29 m) length; 46 ft. 1″ (14.07 m) width; 22 ft. 11″ (7 m) height
Environmental impact – Raising environmental awareness and rethinking how and what we use.
50 000 milk cartons sourced by local elementary school children compose this cool and amazing monument. In 2010, the Guinness Book of World Records declared the project result as being “world’s largest sculpture made from recycled materials”.
With an open roof to create day lit patterns, it offers visitors a huge area to explore. So, milk cartons, glue and staples were the only tools used to build it.
Placement & Time: Granada, Spain; 2010
Artist: A student within Granada’s Architecture University (Facultad de Arquitectura de Granada)
3. THE BEAR
What does it represent? This pretty cool Eco sculpture of a bear is exactly what its name suggests – a wild animal made out of natural materials.
Size – 9 ft. (2.74 m)
It has been built entirely from resources easily found in the forest. Its creator, a senior student at West Virginia University first creates a miniature prototype which he uses during the entire project as basis for size and shape control. He then sets up the frame structure by hammering branches into the ground and erecting them to support the result’s weight.
To this foundation he ties grapevines together and then fills it up with leaves and hay. Easy-breezy, right?! Below you can watch the making of “The Bear” in the movie.
Placement & Time: West Virginia, USA; 2014
Artist: Ben Gazsi
Recently, he has unveiled his first Eco sculpture, a bird, to the West Virginia Botanic Garden. Awesome, right?!
4. FISH SCULPTURES
What does it represent? These are three huge fishes that appear to come out of the sand. At night, they lit up to illuminate their proximity.
Environmental impact – Raising awareness on sustainable development, waste management and recycling through the “Recycle your attitude” slogan.
Abandoned plastic bottles shape these statues.
The fishes were to celebrate the conclusions of UN’s Rio +20 Conference – solutions for reducing poverty, advancing social equity and ensuring environmental protection.
Placement & Time: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; 2012
Artist: Part of a UN Conference (Rio +20)
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Written with love and coolness by Wady Bwug on November 10, 2014 in World's Biggest Things
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