Few people love trash like a Chinese artist Hong Hao! For more than twenty years, he has been collecting various objects thrown away by people in order to create amazing works of art with their help - garbage mosaics!
Humanity is trying to be more responsible for its own actions, including the pollution of the planet with garbage. And at the forefront of this movement, as one would expect, are people of creative professions, artists. In an effort to draw the world's attention to this problem, they turn waste into works of art. Examples of such extraordinary works of art include trash portraits by Michael Mapes and Zac Freeman, installations by Pascale Marthine Tayou, and mosaics by Hong Hao.
Chinese artist Hong Hao started collecting trash items on the streets of his city at the very beginning of the 1990s. It is unlikely that at that moment he realized why he was doing it. He himself admits that all these years he felt like a collector who studies Humanity through its waste.
It was only in recent years that Hong Hao began to create mosaics out of this rubbish. However, these works are not made from real waste. The author meticulously scanned each element from his extensive collection, in order to later combine them in real size in huge digital canvases.
Hong Hao explains the essence of his work with a very poetic comparison of each mosaic with a shipwrecked ship and restored by the artist from the smallest elements. But the “ship” in this case is a metaphor behind which hides human life, the collective experience of the last decades.
Hong Hao Mosaics is a visual museum dedicated to the life of human society over the past twenty years. Indeed, it is not for nothing that archaeologists consider it a great success to find the remains of an ancient landfill - they are much better than monumental architecture, telling about the real life of people of past eras.
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