Friday, August 21, 2009

“Throw-away” Art

I took this photo last winter while on a home tour that was a fund-raising event for a local organization. At the time I had no idea who the artist was. I just liked the look of this little javelina like animal.

Recently I purchase a book about art in the Phoenix area and found a picture of more of these little creatures. I learned that the artist is Theodore Troxel, a local artist who creates things from found objects or throw-away stuff. He mostly creates animal shapes or small utilitarian objects.

These little indigenous creatures are made from materials left at construction sites. This little fellow is made from pieces of wood and left over roofing materials. It struck me that this art is somehow apropos of the stalled housing industry we are currently experiencing in this part of the country.

7 comments:

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Amazing work of an imaginative person! It makes me wonder where their ideas come from. ;-)

Mo said...

i have seen works of other artists who do this type of thing. It's great.

Kate said...

I've seen a few of these pieces of art but never known an artist that sustains this venue as the one you mentioned. I'm aways delighted whenever I see the output of human creativity such as this. Puts a smile on my face.

JM said...

I like it! What a cool javelina! Not to mention the cactus and the agave... of course! :-)

Hilda said...

Very interesting! I like that he uses throw-away stuff. Very creative and environmentally-friendly too.

Jarart said...

It's cute and creative, and a good way to put scraps to work instead of send them to the landfill.

Sharodindu said...

Nice one..I have also seen similer kind of art when I was travelling in Orissa, India.
Nice photograph with great lines.
Thanks for sharing...