By Sophia Rahman
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Videographer / director: Oskar Krajewski
Producer: Hannah Stevens, Ed Baranski
Editor: Sonia Estal
Oskar Krajewski transforms broken electronics, used plastic containers, and unwanted toys into striking sculptures designed to make you think.
The London-based artist said: “Rubbish bins down my block became a very convenient and exciting source of free material.”
More than just an experiment, Oskar hopes his creative use of recycled materials will raise awareness about waste and pollution’s impact on our world.
He explained: “We are suffocating our planet with plastic, and I believe that art can play an important role in our survival.
“It has been estimated that in 2050 there will be more mass of plastic in the oceans than fish.”
One of his works symbolising pollution’s effects on marine life and its environment is his sea turtle sculpture with Lego bricks in its belly.
Oskar’s favourite and most striking work, however, is a piece he calls ‘Recycled Future’.
The detailed metropolis, pulsing with light and sound, took thousands of hours to build, and is comprised of more than 25,000 objects.
He said: “My inspiration comes from many sources, and movies are at the top of the list. Blade Runner’s vision of metropolis, Luc Besson’s Fifth Element, and Star Wars contributed to the idea of making, ‘Recycled Future’.”
The artist also produces pieces with a practical purpose, such as a large mirror hung in his home, constructed almost solely from reclaimed materials.
He said: “Framing this massive mirror would’ve cost me loads of money. Instead, I found some shutters down my rubbish bin.”
He also used a friend’s scratched and unused vinyl records and stuck them to his walls in place of a bannister.
Oskar hopes his innovative use of unwanted materials will catch on and become an artistic movement he dubs ‘Recyclism’.