Beautiful art begins not in the eye of the beholder but the artist. The artist has a vision and he or she translates that through various different modalities into a piece of art. In my neighborhood one of the guys you are likely to see out in the surf and around the neighborhood is an interior designer with an amazing skill of being able to see and re-purpose waste materials into beautiful functional art. Brett Haydn calls the process Upcycling and it is essentially the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value. According to Brett, "The highest form of up-cycling just might be W. African Romwald Hazoume with his creative re-use or up-cycle of discarded plastic gasoline and fuel canisters to resemble traditional African masks.
Thanks to Brett and his create vision what was destined for the local landfill was salvaged and cut into the frame for the beautiful bench at the top of the page.