Real life is rubbish: Incredible shadow art created from just JUNK (and two dead seagulls)
They might just look like piles of everyday junk and bits of twisted metal but two artists have skillfully arranged them to create incredibly realistic shadows.
British-born artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster have projected light against the carefully constructed 3D rubbish heaps transforming them into something entirely different.
In one work, entitled White Trash (With Gulls), they used six months of household waste and a pair of dead seagulls as rubbish.
Six months worth of artists’ trash, two stuffed seagulls and a light projector are used to create this self-portrait of the pair smoking and drinking
Then, after a further six months, they created the two shadowy images – self-portraits of themselves drinking wine and smoking.
The pair like to deal with crude themes and over the years have gained reputations as rebels of the London art scene.
In other works they use welded scrap metal and once used these discarded materials to create two rats appearing to have sex.
The artistic duo were both educated at Cheltenham Art College, now the University of Gloucester, and Leicester Polytechnic, now De Montfort University, respectively and worked in Bradford, West Yorkshire, before entering the London art scene.
They met in 1986 as Fine Art students at Nottingham Trent University.
Welded scrap metal and a light projector are used to create these two rats having sex showing anything can be recycled to create art
The pair’s work can be divided into the ‘Light Works’ and ‘Shadow Works’.
Ms Webster said: ‘We kept them both going side by side. There are two sides to the work; the shiny side and the dark side. That kind of reflects the two personalities within us.’
She said the pair were influenced by punk rock particularly adding that the genre offered ‘a direct and instant means of producing products or things.’
Bird’s eye view: Welded scrap metal and two light projectors are used to create this silhouette of two heads on a pike, one of which is being pecked at by a crow
She added: ‘When we make a piece of work we’re constantly looking for something that will take our breath away because if it does that to us we’ve pushed it as far as it will go.’
Charles Saatchi once bought two works and their pieces have been showcased at the British Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, and the Royal Academy in London, as well as around the world.