When we get to the end of the roll of toilet paper, we tend to think of it as just a cardboard tube destined for the recycle bin.
Okinawan born artist Yuken Teruya has something else in mind: Art.
His charter is to â€œ...explore issues such as the growing consumerism of contemporary society, depleting natural resources and other problems associated with globalism, including the threat it poses to localized cultural traditions and identities,â€ all by carving up everyday objects-like toilet paper roles.
Yet, he does not want to his art to be viewed solely as speaking to the problems of the world.
According to Teruya, â€œMy works have a right to simply be beautiful or offer any kind of attraction.â€
And that they do...
Yuken Teruya's Stunning Carved Toilet Paper Rolls
1. Upcycled Art - Creating art from everyday objects, such as toilet paper rolls, to promote sustainability.
2. Critiquing Consumerism - Using art to address the problems of consumerism and its impact on the environment.
3. Globalism and Local Culture - Exploring the tension between globalism and the preservation of localized cultural traditions through art.
1. Art and Design - Opportunities for artists to create innovative works by repurposing ordinary objects.
2. Sustainability - Innovations in sustainable practices and materials for the art world.
3. Cultural Preservation - Demand for initiatives that promote and preserve cultural traditions in the face of globalization.