The Incredible Elephant Tire Sculpture

Estonian sculptor Villu Jaanisoo creates thought-provoking sculptures using unconventional materials. One of his notable works is the Elephant sculpture, crafted entirely from recycled tires and steel. This impressive piece stands in a public park in Jyväskylä, Finland, showcasing Jaanisoo’s innovative approach to art and his commitment to sustainability. The sculpture challenges traditional notions of art, raises awareness about recycling, and invites viewers to reflect on the potential for beauty in discarded materials. It serves as a gathering point for contemplation and sparks conversations about art, the environment, and our relationship with everyday waste. Through his transformative art, Jaanisoo inspires us to see the extraordinary in the ordinary and encourages sustainable creativity.Giant Elephant Sculpture Made Entirely of Recycled Tires and Steel

“Used tires were available, always around,” the artist tells My Modern Met. “Environmental issues are important in terms of using these. But to me, more important has been the trace their former lives have left to those utilized things that I use for making something new, and also the idaof putting something familiar into a new context.”

Elephant is only one of Jaanisoo’s most recent recycled tire sculptures—the sculptor has started to experiment with the rubber material as early as 2001. Alongside this one, the subjects of his tire sculptures have also included a larger-than-life rubber duck, a gigantic gorilla, and towering palm trees. Each one brings a new and unique experience to the viewer, removing some of the more conventional ideas and associations they might have around the objects they are observing.

“In a way, I see my artworks as ‘reversed’ landscape paintings,” Jaanisoo reveals, “and my goal in making art has been to create different experiences of nature, light, and space. I believe that looking at sculpture should be an immediate, sensitive act; there is not so much to do with reason as it is about the feeling.”

To see more of Villu Jaanisoo’s work, you can visit the artist’s website or follow him on Instagram. Scroll down to see more of his incredible recycled tire sculptures.

Estonian sculptor Villu Jaanisoo sculpted a monumental elephant entirely from recycled tires and steel.

Giant Elephant Sculpture Made Entirely of Recycled Tires and SteelGiant Elephant Sculpture Made Entirely of Recycled Tires and SteelGiant Elephant Sculpture Made Entirely of Recycled Tires and Steel

The artist has also created a number of other sculptures from the recycled rubber material, including a rubber duck, a gorilla, and palm trees.

Giant Elephant Sculpture Made Entirely of Recycled Tires and Steel

Giant Elephant Sculpture Made Entirely of Recycled Tires and SteelGiant Elephant Sculpture Made Entirely of Recycled Tires and Steel

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