One way to cultivate creativity is to make art from things that others believe is trash. While most artists spend their money on materials like clay, paper, or paints, Blake McFarland doesn’t have this problem. Not just a pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays, Blake creates his sculptures from recycled tires.
Through the strategic efforts of advertisers, tires have come to symbolize strength, durability, and protection. However, in the hands of artists, tires have been used to highlight more critical social, environmental, and historical concerns. With Americans scraping 300 million tires a year, they’ve also come to symbolize western civilizations throw away society and related environmental concerns.
Blake has cleverly used these 100% recycled tires to create his works of art. “This material is just abundant everywhere,” says Blake. He loves the fact that tire sculpture art is not only visually appealing, but also eco-friendly. This is one of the main reasons why he picked tires as his medium.
His tire sculptures are mainly inspired by real life animals. Blake uses about 100-400 tires for an average sculpture and it takes him up to a month to complete it. And that’s a lot of time and hard work. However, you’ll realize it’s worth it. Goodyear has also worked with Blake to handcraft the Wisconsin’s Bucky Badger and the Western Michigan Bronco Tire Mascots.
Take a look at more of the amazing art created from recycled tires below, or visit Blake’s website.
Daniel is an Art Director and Graphic Designer with over a decade of experience in advertising and marketing in the Greater Toronto Area.