Second Lives: A Recycled Arts Shows

Jean Shin’s “Sound Wave”

Photo by Hiroko Masuike for The New York Times

Life can be about the tiny things that make up our existence. Sadly, many people don’t seem to acknowledge how important these tiny things really are. Which is why one art exhibit is working to put focus back on the tiny things and show art lovers the extraordinary in the ordinary.

The exhibit, “Second Lives Remixing the Ordinary” at the New York Museum of Arts and Design doesn’t really contain many usual art pieces. The show represents more than 50 different artisans or teams, all attempting to change the way individuals think about the tiny things which make up their lives. Most of the works are made up of everyday products, including eyeglasses, combs, trash, used junk, and other little things which surround daily existence.

According to the New York Times, “Second Lives” shows how much the line has blurred between art, crafts, and design recently. Many of the exhibit pieces are made from recycled materials, including an eyeglass chandelier, jacket made completely of army dog tags, and a copy of a missing artifact made from Middle Eastern fast food containers.

Many of these raw materials would have likely been thrown away with the garbage and forgotten. But instead, these artists have turned them into pieces of beauty. They have, in a sense, offered them a chance at second life.

For more information or to see a gallery of Second Life artwork, click here.


Check out what the artisans at are crafting!


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