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Bush pantry, made of 44 gallon drum, kerosene tins and water pipe, unknown maker, about 1930. Powerhouse Museum collection
Bush pantry, made of 44 gallon drum, kerosene tins and water pipe, unknown maker, about 1930. Powerhouse Museum collection 

Until mid-July 2013

This display of contemporary and historical objects drawn from the Museum’s collection embodies the philosophy of upcycling, or breathing new life into existing objects.

Upcycling is often born of necessity, but a new generation of upcyclers are motivated by environmental concerns and a desire to reduce waste on the planet.

Highlights include a 1905 Cadillac converted to a 'ute'; a 1910 chair made from cotton reels, fencing wire and garden stakes; a 1930s bush pantry and a surprising selection of contemporary designs which takes upcycling into new contexts.