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Recycled Sculptures

Typically discarded items such as soda pop cans, bottle caps, spark plugs, and even natural materials such as pine cones and seedpods are turned into whimsical art pieces by African artisans.

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$42.00

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Handcrafted from recycled paper, glue and wire, this charming papier-mâché sculpture features two men and two women relaxing on a park bench. Artfully crafted, this brightly colored piece is sustainably sourced and a wonderful addition to the home.

Measures 7"L x 3.5"W x 5.5"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of each sculpture, size and color may vary slightly.

About the Artisan:

Chrispen is a creative Zambian artist who specializes in creative village scenes in papier-mâché. He crafts the scenes from wire, then layers recycled paper to achieve the final shape of the figure, before hand-painting each sculpture vibrant colors and patterns.

$32.00

Fun and sustainable, these colorful bicycles are handmade in Senegal using recycled beverage cans! Each bike features working pedals and wheels, a kickstand, and a drink bottle attached to the frame.

Choose a color/beverage type in the dropdown. Due to the handmade and recycled nature of these items, exact designs will vary. Sold individually. Measures approximately 10"L x 4"W x 5.5"T.

Please note that some bikes feature straight handlebars while others feature curved handlebars.

About the Artisans:

Located in the heart of Dakar, Senegal, Malick Mbaye and his partner Jacque produce amazingly creative sculptures using recycled aluminum and tin from coffee, tomato, sardine, pop and beer cans. Their work is praised for its attention to detail and whimsical design.

$78.00

These detailed sculptures from Senegal are crafted from recycled beer and soda cans, along with other recycled materials. Each vehicle includes delightful details, such as moving side mirrors, working wheels, and accessories in the top rack.

A wonderful example of recycled art, these unique sculptures are a must-have for collectors and Land Rover enthusiasts.

Choose from Small or Large. Approximate measurements: Small 8"L x 6"T x 4"W, Large 9"L x 7"T x 4.5"W. Due to the handmade and recycled nature of this item, variation is expected. For example, logo placement will vary on each vehicle, and the types of cans used for accessories will vary.

Not recommended for use as a toy.

About the Artisans:

Senegalese artisan Boubacar excels at transforming discarded metal into wildly creative modern art. Boubacar's knack for cleverly highlighting commercial text from aluminum cans makes each of his creations a folk art masterpiece.

$44.00

Handmade in Zimbabwe, this beautiful piece of handmade folk art captures Africa's iconic acacia tree in shiny silver wire. Each branch ends in a loop that can be used to display earrings or ornaments (please ensure bottom is properly weighted if using for display).

Size: 12"D x 16"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, some variation may occur.

$58.00

These modern African sculptures portray the incredible width of the baobab trunk and its many top branches.

Handmade in Kenya using metallic wire by the talented artisan Wanduta, each tree has malleable branches so that you can adjust the its final form.

Small measures 10"T. Large measures 19"H. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, some variation may occur.

About the Artisans:

We met Wanduta at the Friday Market in Nairobi where his bright designs immediately caught our eye. Wanduta works almost exclusively with recycled pop cans and beads. His work, like his personality, is vibrant and joyful, and is work is 100% eco-friendly.

$32.00

Handcrafted from recycled paper, glue and wire, this charming sculpture features a man biking a load of chickens to sell at market. Artfully crafted, this brightly colored piece is sustainably sourced and a wonderful addition to the home.

Measures 7"L x 3"W x 7"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of each sculpture, size and color may vary slightly.

About the Artisan:

Chrispen is a creative Zambian artist who specializes in creative village scenes in papier-mâché. He crafts the scenes from wire, then layers recycled paper to achieve the final shape of the figure, before hand-painting each sculpture vibrant colors and patterns.

$32.00

Handcrafted from recycled paper, glue and wire, this charming sculpture features a woman and her baby biking their tomatoes to sell at market. Artfully crafted, this brightly colored piece is sustainably sourced and a wonderful addition to the home.

Measures 7"L x 3"W x 7"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of each sculpture, size and color may vary slightly.

About the Artisan:

Chrispen is a creative Zambian artist who specializes in creative village scenes in papier-mâché. He crafts the scenes from wire, then layers recycled paper to achieve the final shape of the figure, before hand-painting each sculpture vibrant colors and patterns.

$32.00

Handcrafted from recycled paper, glue and wire, this charming sculpture features a woman and her baby biking their chickens to sell at market. Artfully crafted, this brightly colored piece is sustainably sourced and a wonderful addition to the home.

Measures 7"L x 3"W x 7"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of each sculpture, size and color may vary slightly.

About the Artisan:

Chrispen is a creative Zambian artist who specializes in creative village scenes in papier-mâché. He crafts the scenes from wire, then layers recycled paper to achieve the final shape of the figure, before hand-painting each sculpture vibrant colors and patterns.

$25.00

Fun to touch and play with, these colorful cars are handmade using recycled pop cans in Senegal. Each car features fun details such as hood, wheels, and bumper.

Pop labels and designs will vary. Sold individually. Measures 4.5"L x 2.5"W x 2.5"T.

About the Artisans:

Located in the heart of Dakar, Senegal, Malick Mbaye and his partner Jacque produce amazingly creative sculptures using recycled aluminum and tin from coffee, tomato, sardine, pop and beer cans. Their work is praised for its attention to detail and whimsical design.

$22.00

These unique folk art giraffe sculptures, re-purposed from African seed pods, then hand painted a bright yellow with whimsical details, are created by Zimbabwean artisans.

Size: 1.5"L x 1.5"W x 6.5"T. Sizes and style may vary slightly since natural products are used.

About the Artisans:

Art, in its many forms, always draws both the creator and the observer together. Using readily available natural material such as pine cones and local seed pods, artisans from Zimbabwe rely on their creative spirit to handcraft these whimsical sculptures.

$22.00

These fun folk art giraffe sculptures, created by re-purposing African seed pods by Zimbabwean artisans, are hand painted a bright orange with whimsical details.

Size: 1.5"L x 1.5"W x 6.5"T. Sizes and style may vary slightly since natural products are used.

About the Artisans:

Art, in its many forms, always draws both the creator and the observer together. Using readily available natural material such as pine cones and local seed pods, artisans from Zimbabwe rely on their creative spirit to handcraft these whimsical sculptures.

$22.00

These fun folk art giraffe sculptures painted pink are created by re-purposing African seed pods by Zimbabwean artisans.

Size: 1.5"L x 1.5"W x 6.5"T. Sizes and style may vary slightly since natural products are used.

About the Artisans:

Art, in its many forms, always draws both the creator and the observer together. Using readily available natural material such as pine cones and local seed pods, artisans from Zimbabwe rely on their creative spirit to handcraft these whimsical sculptures.

$22.00

These unique folk art turkey sculptures, re-purposed from dried pine cones and hand painted with whimsical details, will grace any tablescape for the fall season.

Size: 3"L x 2.5"W x 4"T. Sizes and style may vary slightly since natural products are used.

About the Artisans:

Art, in its many forms, always draws both the creator and the observer together. Using readily available natural material such as pine cones and local seed pods, artisans from Zimbabwe rely on their creative spirit to handcraft these whimsical sculptures.

$22.00

Set the stage in your fall decor with these unique folk art owl sculptures that are re-purposed from dried pine cones and hand painted with whimsical details.

Size: 2"L x 2"W x 3.75"T. Sizes and style may vary slightly since natural products are used.

About the Artisans:

Art, in its many forms, always draws both the creator and the observer together. Using readily available natural material such as pine cones and local seed pods, artisans from Zimbabwe rely on their creative spirit to handcraft these whimsical sculptures.

$22.00

Created from dried African seed pods, these unique folk art penguin sculptures are hand painted with whimsical details by Zimbabwean artisans.

Size: 2"L x 2"W x 4.25"T. Sizes and styles may vary slightly since natural products are used.

About the Artisans:

Art, in its many forms, always draws both the creator and the observer together. Using readily available natural material such as pine cones and local seed pods, artisans from Zimbabwe rely on their creative spirit to handcraft these whimsical sculptures.

$30.00
  • Our unique spark plug sculptures are handmade in Burkina Faso using discarded, cleaned, and varnished spark plugs. No two sculptures are the same, with each spark plug retaining their original color coding. A firm metal base makes each sculpture freestanding.

    Standing Lovers measure 3"L x 3"W x 6"T. Smooching Lovers measure 2.5"L X 2.5"W x 5"T.  Snuggling Lovers measure 2.5"L x 2.5"W x 5"T. 

  • The Ilboudo brothers lead a small team of metal artisans in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Originating from an artisan incubator known as Village Artisanal de Ouagadougou (VAO), the artists create a series of amusing portrayals of everyday life from spark plugs and recycled metal for both local sale and export. Their whimsical recycled art reflects the light-hearted nature of many Burkinabe people and appeals to collectors around the world..

$32.00

Zimbabwean metal sculptor Victor welds this charming kiwi bird sculpture from recycled metal. This unique piece of modern African recycled art makes a happy addition to outdoor gardens or indoor decor!

Please note that weathering should be expected if the sculpture is exposed to the elements over a long period of time.

Approximate size 8"T x 11"L x 6"W. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, some variation is expected.

About the Artisans:

Artisans at the Tonderai Metal Works in Zimbabwe use recycled materials and discarded oil drums to create stunning works of art and feature one-of-a-kind detailing.

Tonderai Metal Works in Zimbabwe
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