Michelle Reader Recycled sculptures
Michelle Reader Recycled sculptures. Seven life-size figures made out of scrap wood and household waste. They represent the fact that according to recent statistics we each produce seven times our own body weight each year in waste. Each one is created to the actual dimensions and with the physical characteristics of a real person, and Michelle used three weeks’ worth of each person’s own rubbish to make them. British artist and sculptor Michelle lives and works in London. She makes unique figurative recycled sculptures from household and industrial waste combined with found objects sourced from charity shops and reclamation yards. Her sculptures sometimes have mechanical elements, using the working parts of old toys, clocks or other objects. She often runs workshops for festivals, galleries and schools creating sculptures and installations from scrap materials. She also creates props, sculptures and models for theater, product launches, events and photo shoots.
Michelle Reader – self portrait sculpture. Sculpting people out of their waste can tell a great story.
Michelle was commissioned to create this 5 meter tall sculpture of the Houses of Parliament’s famous clock tower by Shredded Wheat. It is made from British-grown wheat. It was exhibited in Leicester Square alongside other British landmarks made of wheat, and was later situated in Bexhill-on-Sea.
Seated figure sculpture made from recycled materials including holiday brochures, old diaries, aluminum cans, plastic bags and a used shop mannequin. 2010
Sculptural portrait of a family by Epsom and Ewell Borough Council. The sculptures are made from recyclables collected by the family. They are used by the council at events to promote the borough’s kerbside recycling scheme
Small sculpture of a boat, made from recycled materials including aluminum cans, bicycle parts, a keyhole plate and grater. It has a handle on the back which, when turned, activates the oars.
Bird in a cage created for Garsington Opera’s production of Mozart’s ‘The Philosopher’s Stone’, Summer 2006. There is a motor in the base of the cage which activates the beak and tail