Found Objects

Justo Gallego Martínez is using found materials to build a cathedral in Spain all by himself. He’s been working on the project ever since being kicked out of a monastery 50 years ago, which inspired him to begin construction on a church of his own. Source Source 2

Photos:  Susana GirónJMPerez

“I do it for faith. That’s clear, no?”

Photos: Eoghan Macguire Jose Javier Martin Espartosa 

“My mother was very pious. She taught me my faith and I love the Church. So I put everything into this.”

Photos:  archdaily.mxJose Javier Martin Espartosa

“Realising my ideal spurs me on. People today are very passive, they don’t value anything. They’re slaves to worldly things.”

Photo: Susana Girón

“People have called me crazy and insulted me. But they’re ignorant.”

Photo:  Jose Javier Martin Espartosa

“When I look at what I’ve created, it overwhelms me and I give thanks to the Lord.”

Photo:  Eoghan Macguire

"If I lived my life again, I’d build this church again, only bigger. Twice the size…”


“… Because for me, this is an act of faith.”

“How should we market these scalpel blades?”
“You can’t go wrong with a giant floating, glowing blade of doom.”
“True. How’s this look?”
“Fantastic. But people need to know they’re for veterinarians. These ain’t no human blades.”
“So we’d better put animals on the box, too.”
“Should they be screaming? I really think they should be screaming.”
“Of course. Perfect.”


For her senior project at Northern Michigan University, Redditor liddlenomnom made this awesomely shiny life-size peacock using metal found objects. The Department of Exceptional Upcyling wishes they could display it in their office. 

The project took just over 120 hours of work and required about $50 in materials, including lots of spoons, 1300 ft of wire, one gravy boat, and a portable vegetable steamer. The completed piece weights 23 lbs, 9 of which make up that splendid tail, which is so heavy the bird had to be mounted on a pedestal to support its weight.

Click here for complete process photos and to learn more about how this magnificent metal bird was made.

[via Demilked]


Today the Department of Miniature Marvels explores the work of Australian artist Kendal Murray, who uses every day objects as the foundation for creating playful miniature mixed-media sculptures. She builds tiny, vibrant scenes that take place inside and atop found objects such as makeup compacts, coin purses, bottles, jars, and teapots. The human figures that Murray uses in her pieces are so very wee that she uses tweezers to dip in the in glue before delicately placing them into the dreamlike narrative scenes.

The artist says, “The idea of creating these miniature works came from dream states and how we are able to play with our own identity, to play with different roles we take on in our dream state. So the miniature works serve as a metaphor for intuitive thoughts.”

Visit the Arthouse Gallery website to view more of Kendal Murray’s whimsical miniature scenes.

[via DeMilked, Arthouse Gallery and My Modern Metropolis]