Art of Reuse: Cable Tie Chair

November 10th, 2011

This 2008 piece of art called “Meltdown Chair_Cable Tie” by British artist Tom Price takes plastic reuse to a visually fascinating level. It’s on display at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). I’m unsure if the cable ties were new when used or if they’re reused, but either way, this is an awesome chair.

Yeah, I wanted to sit in it, but that guard wouldn’t have liked it. Remembering my days of getting in trouble with art museum guards for various offensives like carrying a backpack purse on both shoulders in DC or chewing gum at my local museum, I opted to just photograph this beauty. That is allowed.

Not many of us have the skills or even imagination to turn cable ties into art, but observing art that’s been created from mundane objects has a certain magic. Lots of objects that we throw out in our everyday lives can actually be reused, and companies like TerraCycle continue to turn our trash into something useful.

How do you feel about art that’s been created from everyday objects?

One Response to “Art of Reuse: Cable Tie Chair”

  1. James Cable on November 15, 2011 10:28 pm

    I’m surprised the artist didn’t trim off some of the spikey long tails to make it look comfortable to sit in. That thing looks painful to sit in right now.

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