They describe him as 'The king of repurposing signs. Road signs, hub caps and bottle tops'..
Mr Wilson paints intricate pictures onto gum that careless people discard on our pavements (sidewalks) then varnishes them for others to enjoy. They feature him lying on the paving with blow torch and paint. I had not heard of this man but loved the stories and you might too. Also on NYT is a feature about a picturesque home in Pennsylvania.
Brian and Esther Dormer and their artist/decorator have recycled and reworked 'stuff' around their farm land to make the most beautiful spaces. It reads...'At the Farm, iron chairs wear mink coats, candelabras sprout from picnic tables and crystals hang from the trees'.
My chairs don't wear mink but I do indulge in the other two peccadillo's. Apart from that I can not compete with the scale of their creation. The pictures of the glasshouses and fire are quite dreamy. There is a slide show of photos to enjoy. I liked the comment that the farm workers keep pinching bits of the art installations when they need rope or machine parts.
Earlier today on Design Inspiration blog I posted Ghost Furniture which again is recycled and re-purposed.
Actually I think the term to describe Ghost is up-cycled. And...whilst we are on the subject of 're' you could round off this extended coffee break with a visit to RE-found Objects.
This post is repeated on Chippendale & Morris blog.