(All Images: Nick Sayers, reproduced with permission)
These wonderfully creative geodesic domes are the work of British graphic designer Nick Sayers, who began creating spherical sculptures and shelters from re-purposed materials around 1992. Inspired by an interest in abstract mathematics and the need for more sustainable building methods, his recycled art is a powerful statement that draws attention to the levels of waste in our society.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Nick said the project began during his art school days: “I spent a lot of time in the canteen making sculptures out of plastic cups, and one thing led to another”, he said. “I use recycled or re-purposed materials for my work because I hate waste. Tiling mass-produced objects around [a sphere] demonstrates the endlessness of waste.”
One day, while thinking about the spheres he’d made from train tickets, Nick noticed various estate agent boards outside houses and realised he could use those objects to create a much larger geodesic dome in the form of a shelter. The resulting urban art installation, above, was exhibited at the prestigious Dragonfly artists’ open house during Brighton Festival in May 2007.
He said: “It adds to the statement that runs through my work about the waste and visual clutter in our world. It’s also about homelessness, more sustainable methods of building, and property ownership.”
In addition to the spherical sculptures above – including the stunning dome created from 68 bicycle wheels (second from top), which was exhibited at the Small World Summer Festival 2010 – Nick takes on client commissions and also creates art in the community.
The “Sphere of Shadows” (above, top) was commissioned for Stourfield Junior School in Bournemouth. Made from 120 individual children’s silhouettes cut from Stokbord recycled plastic, the sphere is 1.5 metres in diameter – the average child’s height. Finally, an icosahedral arrangement of 60 white wire coat hangers is joined together by multiple mini cable ties, highlighting another creative re-use of redundant household hangers.