Cardboard, Bottles, And Trash Become Art

by Gabrielle DeMarco on April 13, 2010

Floor-to-ceiling displays of trash. Not usually the materials of fine art or the medium for architectural design. But, those are the materials that first-year architecture students here at Rensselaer were provided when tasked to create an exhibit at the Albany International Airport Gallery.

On display through June 20, the exhibit takes the commonplace and trash-bound and transforms them into sculputural and graphic art. Many of the displays present new ways to use the materials that we throw away each day and each of them makes the ordinary, very beautiful.

Led by professors Michael Oatman and David Riebe, the students explored structure and space and gained great experience during the design and development process. The exhibit is called Material Witness and here are some highlights. Head to airport for the full effect.