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Introducing GreenSpot and the Arts!

GreenSpot artAre you an artist that uses recycled material and/or renewable energy sources for your works of art?

Yes! Then think Columbus GreenSpot!

Art and sustainability are natural partners. Whether using recycled materials, repurposed materials, or using renewable energy to power an art piece- the materials are there. So let’s partner up!

Artists, here is your opportunity to be spotted in the green. Check out our flyer or see below.

Here is how it works:
1. Create your unique, original work of art that uses recycled material and/or renewable energy.
2. Take pictures of your art piece from all angles (minimal 4).
3. Email GreenSpot@columbus.gov
4. GreenSpot will review and then post the images to GreenSpot social media (Facebook, Twitter, website).

Did you know?
This project is to encourage art works that use recycled and/or repurposed material. Did you know that every year, the SWACO landfill disposes of nearly a million tons of waste? Yet 70% of this could be diverted through reuse, recycling, composting and other methods. Demonstrating that materials can be reused for other purposes can raise awareness with the public. Reducing the amount of materials that end up in the landfill can extend the life of the landfill as well as our natural resources.

Old Metal Parts Recycled for Bright Lights! 

Studio6287 builds cool lamps from re-purposed and reclaimed parts. They spend days searching for the right parts to create each unique lamp. Each lamp has a different theme. You can see more of there work here.

Studio 6287 lamp1

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Santa + Recycling= Winter Wonderland 

OBLSK worked with Polaris Fashion Place to create “Santaville”, an interactive, immersive, magical experience for children to venture through as they wait to meet the man of the hour. Santa Claus! The two main building materials we used in the installation were F-Sorbs (used for our snowflakes) and Baltic Birch wood (used for the Santa village). F-Sorbs is amazing! It’s an acoustic paneling that is made from 65-96% recycled content that contain no adhesives, paints, coatings, VOC’s, formaldehyde, fiberglass insulation, wood, agriculture or paper products. Learn more about OBLSK here.

Santaville installation


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A New Life in 3-D 

Instead of rusting in a landfill, old car parts, scraps, and other bits are collected by artist Mindy Keys to make art! She even uses old drawer fronts, scrap wood, or discarded pictures for the backing boards. Check out more of her recycled masterpieces here.

Mindy Keys birds

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Chocolate Wrappers Second Life

Old candy wrappers have a new life in Nelsa Abalo's works of art. She starts by painting the glass and the color added later with chocolate wrappers. Some of her work was on display at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center.

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Old Bags, New Life

While we continue to reduce the amount of plastic we use in every day life, you can reuse bags to create awesome works of art like Anita Maharjan did. You can see more of her work here

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Recycled Pallets 

Rita Fuller-Yates uses old pallet slats and turns them into a thing of beauty. Learn more here.


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Recycled Metal

The Kiggins Collection is made out of recycled metal. Some of these figures are displayed at the Shadow Box Live.

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