Robert Bradford creates his life-sized sculptures completely out of old plastic toys that are no longer useable. This artist also uses other bits of old, colorful plastic bits and pieces that he can get his hands on such as combs, buttons, brushes and broken clothes pegs.
Bradford is a London-born and U.K.- and U.S-trained visual artist who also has another career on the side -- as a psychotherapist.
Back in 2002, Bradford started to consider the possibilities that his children’s old toys could become something bigger than just ending up on a landfill. Bradford says he likes the idea that the plastic pieces have a history, knowing that at one time they were personal. These sculptures also pass on a “cultural” history as each of the plastic bits resembles a point in time. Some of the sculptures contain pieces from up to 3,000 toys and they sell for up to £12,000! That is a lot of money for a life-sized sculpture made entirely of plastic toys.
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