The name “Cracking Art” comes from the english verb “to crack”, which express the state of being splitted, breaked, cracked, crashed.
The catalytic cracking, as the name suggests, it’s also the term for the chemical reaction that occurs when converting raw crude oil into plastic. For the artists, it represents the instant when something natural becomes artificial and it is the reason why they endeavor to seize that very moment in their art form.
After chatting bout making a structure out of recycled material’s we’ve found ‘crcking art’, a group who make structure’s out of recycled plastic. Its the aesthetic’s that drawn us to to this. If we will be making this structure out of recycled bits we need to consider how this will affect the overall look of the dispenser.
The Blue Carpet was a public art project designed by Thomas Heatherwick for in front of the Laing Art Gallery. The square is covered by blue paving slabs that are made from mixing crushed blue glass with resin. Certain tiles curve up to create benches and reveal sunken glass topped-boxes that hold coloured lights. And a a new staircase was created featuring skin of wood ribbons constructed by a local boat builder.
Blue Carpet, Laing Art Gallery Square, Newcastle. Architect: Thomas Heatherwick
“22,500 tiles speckled with crushed glass (some from re-cycled bottles of Bristol Cream sherry).”
The slabs have been made from “TTURA™” which is a material made from “85% recycled glass, including previously ‘difficult’ waste from consumer, building and automotive waste streams. Combined with a solvent free resin”
The outcome has had some controversy because the blue tiles have greyed and kids use the benches to skateboard that causes damages to them, meaning they are often boarded of for repairs. Thieves have also dismantled the bronze parts of the artwork which has cost more in repair than the metal they stole in general.
It’s an interesting example of work that has used recycled glass. TTURA material has examples of it being used in furniture and flooring…
Looking into Recycled Materials we found Sheffield Wood Recycling in Hillsborough who sell reclaimed timber. Not necessarily the material we want to work with, but certainly handy to know of.