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Recycled Art 

New Mexico has a long history of repurposing materials into masterpieces. From retablos to tin-smithing, New Mexican artists have been creating recycled art for centuries.  

The City of Santa Fe is now considered to be the third-largest art market in the United States, with the largest recycled-art market. 

Let’s all do our part to Keep New Mexico True by supporting local art.  

Webinar: Repurposing Waste into Recycled Art

Keep New Mexico True and the NM Recycling Coalition co-hosted a webinar with art leaders around the state who re-purpose trash and found objects into artwork. Watch to learn how you can divert waste by incorporating repurposed materials into your own artwork or by supporting local recycled-art!

Moderator

Sarah Pierpont, Executive Director of NM Recycling Coalition and Owner of Resourceful Santa Fe

Speakers

Bill Skrips, Artist and Owner of Skrips Studio
Darlene Fortier, Second Grade Educator at Santa Fe Public Schools
Tammy Parker, Environmental Specialist at Keep Zuni Beautiful

Corinne Loperfido, Artist of Trash Temple installation at Meow Wolf


Recycled Art Fair Robots

Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival

Attend the largest recycled art market in the country! This family-friendly event brings together artists who transform discarded materials into artistic wonders and includes an art-market, art exhibits, student art, and make-and-take activities.

Date: November 12 - 14, 2021

Location: Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 Marcy Street, Santa Fe, NM


Visit These Recycled Art Locations

Recycled Art Sculptures
 

Ethyl the Whale, a sculpture made out of recycled plastics

Ethyl the Whale

Ethyl the Whale is a recycled art piece that seeks to bring awareness to plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. Created by artists Joel Dean Stockdill and Yustina Salnikova, Ethyl holds the Guinness World Record for the largest recycled plastic sculpture. 

Big Bird

Big Bird is a recycled roadrunner made out of sneakers, electronics, crutches, and other objects diverted from the landfill. Artist Olin Calk designed the one-ton statue of the New Mexico state bird to bring awareness to over-consumption and recycling.  


New Mexico True Certified

New Mexico True Certified logo

When you buy recycled art with the New Mexico True Certified mark, you know it is made with pride and love. Buy authentic. Buy local. Buy New Mexico True Certified.  

khmogen design

Seconds Eco Store 

Tambrian 

Tony’s Stuff 

NM Metal Art 

Interested in becoming a NM True Certified artist?


Are you an artist looking for materials?

Recycled stuff

Visit local repurpose stores to start upcycling materials.