cyrus kabiru sculpts artistic eyewear from found objects + recycled materials

 

 

 

kenyan artist cyrus kabiru works across the mediums of painting and sculpture. his creative practice extends from a desire to turn waste into something new, in which he focuses on using recycled and found materials he picks-up on the streets of nairobi to craft his intricate series ‘C-STUNNERS’. the collection of bifocals is made from e-waste such as motherboards and speaker parts, in which the artist captures the playfulness and sensibility of the youth in nairboi. he then photographs himself in the one-of-a-kind wearable art objects.

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the kenyan artists crafts unique eyewear pieces out of trash

 

 

 

as a young child kabiru really admired glasses and the way they captured or framed one’s face, but his father never wanted him to have real specs. as a response to this he started to make his own out of various discarded components. while the eyewear is aesthetically intriguing, kabiru also seeks to generate a resourcefulness amongst people in getting them to look at trash in a new light.

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the one-of-a-kind objects are made from waste that kabiru finds on the streets of nairobi

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a bent spoon is the focal point of these ‘C-STUNNERS’, while cork bits are used as nose piecescyrus kabiru sculptural eyewear designboom cyrus kabiru sculptural eyewear designboom
the ‘C-STUNNERS’ project extends from the artist’s desire to have glasses as a childcyrus kabiru sculptural eyewear designboom
kabiru bends and sculpts metal to create each unique paircyrus kabiru sculptural eyewear designboom
some of the eyewear incorporates traditional african beadwork cyrus kabiru sculptural eyewear designboom
‘westgate’, 2013cyrus kabiru sculptural eyewear designboom
zulu mask, 2010 cyrus kabiru sculptural eyewear designboom
red indian, 2013cyrus kabiru sculptural eyewear designboom
istanbul mask, 2013cyrus kabiru sculptural eyewear designboom
fatherboard, 2012

 


cyrus kabiru on his artistic practice and looking at trash in a new light
video courtesy of AJ+
h/t prosthetic knowledge