photos and stories from the Powerhouse Museum
While upcycling is often born of necessity, a new generation of upcyclers are motivated by environmental concerns and a desire to reduce waste on the planet. Highlights of the display include a 1905 Cadillac converted to a ‘ute’, 1920s fashion accessories which upcycle small strips of outmoded kid leather gloves, a 1930s bush pantry made from an oil drum, kerosene tins and a length of water pipe, a washing machine which uses a keg as its barrel (pictured), and a surprising selection of contemporary designs, including the Son Valise Jukecases (pictured).
A new display of contemporary and historical objects drawn from the Museum’s collection titled Upcycled opened on Friday 8 March (International Women’s Day).
Post by curator Anne Marie Van de Ven.
If you have an upcycled story to share with us then we would love to hear about it.
Photography by Paula Bray
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