austeja platukyte
austeja platukyte
austeja platukyte
austeja platukyte
austeja platukyte
austeja platukyte
austeja platukyte
austeja platukyte

trash to treasure

this project is a part of a collection of pieces which focuses on an alternative design and interior objects made of organic waste materials. while researching the possibilities of using local horse manure - a naturally recycled cellulose and traditional craft techniques, I came to the conclusion that manure could be an alternative hay-like cellulose material for designed objects and buildings

 

while creating artistic value added objects, I have questioned why manure was not yet so widely used for a contemporary design object? I believe that we should go back to natural materials and primitive technologies to learn from nature how to become more circular and sustainable. the waste manure used in this project was sourced from the horse farm close-by my studio, to reflect the sustainability and show the natural beauty of unique local materials

 

instead of down-cycling and using the excrement as a fertiliser, the waste was shaped into a fully functional chair sculpture, with a raw design aesthetic, to create symbiotic relationships and a healthy environment for both humans and nature

 

this project also undermines cultural norms and preconceptions of natural waste resources, which are usually considered as lowest value waste, but shows the repellent material transformation into contemporary art objects