|Tara Donavon's Untitled, Styrofoam Cups|
You may just look at your everyday plastic cup as an object that holds your beverage, but there are some that object to this common use and see it as ART!? Artists such as Tara Donavon and Andy Uprock turn plastic cups into organic shapes in galleries or geometric designs on your sidewalks. These cups have also been used in the past decade as large messages or ads to cheer on their teams or promote a business.
The artist Donavon enjoys taking your everyday man made materials, such as plastic cups, and turns them into organic scenes in nature. Donavon’s plastic cups usually represent a landscape or groups of clouds as the viewer can see above. In an article by Eric Gelber about Donavon’s piece , Landscape, “Donovan uses anonymous elements of the real to make original otherworldly structures that complicate the relationship between parts and whole and reconfigure our ideas about and memories of utilitarian objects and real and imaginary terrains”.
|Tara Donavon's Untitled, syrafoam cups: more details|
|Andy Uprock's Cup Rocking, in Pavilion Kuala Lumpur Sydney|
As cool as these reusable and recyclable works of art are they are also used in everyday life for sports teams or your local business. Because a person can buy these everyday, cheap man made objects at their local grocery store, it is very easy to create your own work of art or ad. Fences are all around schools and along your home streets giving everyone the perfect chance to experiment with plastic cups! You can cheer someone on or you can even promote against someone or something! This picture was taking after a group of kids wanted to protest tobacco and the harmful effects it has on people who chew or smoke. Billboards are expensive, and if you already have a fence next to you why not use some colored cups to get business? Fences are also at eye level when your driving around town so the odds of someone viewing this art/ad might be even better then the high rise billboard. If you cannot afford a billboard a fence may be your next best thing!