Making Beautiful Art From Trash in Brooklyn

Making Beautiful Art From Trash in Brooklyn

Artist Aurora Robson is Toronto born, Hawaiian raised and a New Yorker for life. Robson uses trash such as discarded plastic bottles and scrap metal to create beautifully intricate sculptures, installations and collages.

Robson has turned tens of thousands of bottles and pounds of junk into beautiful art, saving them from their ultimate destination at a landfill or recycling plant.

“Deeply concerned about the natural environment, Robson sees herself as an eco-activist who uses her art to address urgent issues poetically, not polemically. She is best known for assembling cast-off plastic bottles, which she colorfully paints, into wildly inventive hanging sculptures the smaller ones sometimes containing LED lights and large works that fill entire rooms.”

Art in America Magazine Oct. 2009

Robson is also the founding Director of Project Vortex, an international organization of artists, architects and designers working with plastic debris in hopes of reducing the amount of plastic debris strewn across our oceans and shorelines.

Robson’s work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group shows across the United States and was recently awarded The Arthur Levine Foundation Grant. She received her B.A. in Visual Art and Art History from Columbia and currently lives in with her husband and daughter in Brooklyn.

To see more of Aurora Robson’s work, visit

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