Plastic bag art: the sequel

Dan Steinhilber, Untitled, 2002 Plastic Bag Chandelier

More plastic bag art and facts from MadSilence. Why? Because we want to!

First, here’s the art.

Here’s Joshua Allen Harris’ Loch Ness Monster lurking on the streets of Manhattan. Via the WordPress blog BedTea.

And then there’s the Plastic Bag Monster attacking pedestrians and cars in the streets of San Francisco.

Japanese artist Miwa Koizumi makes interesting work from plastic trash – both bags and bottles. Via No More Plastic Bags Please!

Kites made from plastic trash bags by Miwa Koizumi

Here are some Garbage Bag Art Works from Japan via PinkTentacle.

Diane Kurzyna’s project entitled “Ephemeral Folks” “involved an installation of four archetypal figures that roamed the City of Olympia in a variety of ways. Created from humble materials such as unwanted plastic wrap, used bubble wrap, and tape, these sculptures became a metaphor for the transience of life, their presence a reminder that even commonplace moments may possess a quiet magic.”

Ephemeral Folk by Diane Kurzyna

Artist Diane Kurzyna, aka Ruby Re-Usable, uses recycled, reused, discarded, unwanted, unloved, lost and found, pre- and post- consumer waste materials in her work because she lives by the motto: MAKE ART NOT WASTE!

Bag Lady in the Alley by Diane Kurzyna, aka Ruby Re-Usable (plastic wrap and tape)

Cathy Kasdan knitted an entire 1950s ensemble out of old grocery shopping bags. This dress is all hand knit from grocery bags that were the result of actual trips to the grocery store. Via BoingBoing.

Artist Judith Selby Lang created “ReCycle Ryoan-ji”, a 20′ x 48′ replica of Ryoan-ji Garden in Kyoto made entirely out of recycled materials.

Now for some facts.

Go to for a campaign to remind people to bring “your own bags every time you go to the store. It’s one simple way to go green in your daily life.” Includes enlightening statistics about paper and plastic bags, bagging solutions from around the world, tips to remember your bags, and links to related sites. From the San Francisco Bay Area Recycling Outreach Coalition.

The City of Westminster’s Reusable Grocery Bag campaign “provides you with an opportunity to use your own bags at the grocery store and answer “neither” when asked by baggers whether you want “paper or plastic.” By utilizing these bags, you are reducing litter in our beautiful city, supporting sustainability of our natural resources and reducing waste in landfills. The intent of these bags is not revenue generation, but instead education on how citizens can purchase products that not only support sustainability but keep our city beautiful!”

Related post: The art of the plastic bag

Related links:
Tide turns against use of plastic bags from USA Today
Series of blunders turned the plastic bag into global villain from TimesOnLine UK


AUGUST 24, 2008 EXTRA:

Plastic Bag Art 1: “Madame” by Jet Mondares
“This is one of the Art works of Mr. Jet Mondares. Sometime August of 2007, he started an artistic campaign in response to the global call to reduce, reuse and recycle plastic bags. Since then, he had visited schools in the city where he gave talks on the hazard of plastic bags. In the process, he demonstrated how his arts were done. Mr Mondares aims to encourage everyone to join his cause.”


For more plastic bag art visit Plastic Bagalicious via

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13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. dmariemart
    May 22, 2008 @ 03:48:37

    Ah! All you need is a video clip from the film American Beauty – the plastic bag stirring in the wind. I love that scene. Cool stuff. I’m glad people are having fun making trash into treasure. Cheers! Love live the creative spirit!


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  3. Ruby Re-Usable
    May 22, 2008 @ 13:34:30

    I love the American Beauty plastic bag scene, too! and I love reading about all of the artists you mention who use plastic bags in their art, thanks for including me! love, etc Ruby

    ps for the record, “Bag Lady in the Alley” is made out of plastic bags, not plastic wrap …. specifically, Wonder Bread bags and other white shopping bags with words like “thank you” and American flags and stuff.

    pss the above pic of one of the Ephemeral Folks is “The Explorer,” who is sitting on the steps of K records in Olympia, WA

    what’s YOUR bag, man?


  4. leafless
    May 27, 2008 @ 02:39:32

    Recycling the right way, with style. :)


  5. brainteaser
    Jun 12, 2008 @ 17:08:59

    Great stuff!

    Very artistic!


  6. Ruth
    Jun 13, 2008 @ 19:55:51

    great, love the ideas and making use and art from this plastic pest…keep it coming.


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  8. jet
    Aug 23, 2008 @ 19:09:46

    It’s really good to know that there are lots of individuals who are responding to the global call to reduce, reuse and recycle plastic bags!

    See my artistic response as well! visit


  9. Gordons
    Aug 25, 2008 @ 02:55:38

    el arte hecho con bolsas de plástico me parece cutrísimo


  10. madsilence
    Aug 25, 2008 @ 05:48:57

    Gordons, your comment as translated by MadSilence:

    “Art made with plastic bags is, I think, tacky.”


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  12. josh
    Dec 04, 2009 @ 07:18:19

    very very nice I love all the pics


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