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Recycled chairs find a place in the trees

It’s a cycle of growth and decay and it’s art.

By Bonnie Alter - Source: http://www.treehugger.com
Photo © Tom Shields

Photo © Tom Shields

These recycled chairs, mounted on trees in a forest, show the circle of life. Designed as an art installation by American artist Tom Shields, they can be seen in the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Shields works with found furniture, particularly chairs. He started to use chairs because they are thrown out so often and thus are easily attainable. He sees them as reflections of our relationships, even having human names such as arms and legs.

As he explains:

I am not trying to re-invent the chair, make it more comfortable or establish a sleek new design for modern living. Instead, I hope to address the role that furniture plays in our lives and tweak that context as a means to investigate social connections. Tables speak inherently of support and community, cabinets are boxes for secrets and chairs are blatant representations of our selves.

Photo © Tom Shields

Photo © Tom Shields

Shields feels that we “live in a world inundated with a never-ending supply of new material possessions, many of which quickly end up in the trash.” So he made a decision to only use found objects in his work.

Photo © Tom Shields

Photo © Tom Shields

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