AT Europe: Paris - The High Art of Recycled Junk

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Until Sunday, January 6, the 4th annual La Métamorphose des Matériaux (formerly known as the Salon de la Récup) at the Espace Blancs Manteaux in the Marais features 60 emerging designers and artists who transform largely recycled materials into art, sculpture, furniture, objects, lighting, and decorative items (like the bottle skeleton sculptures from Régis Mayot pictured above). Part contemporary art exhibition and part design show, this is where Paris discovered the poetic light sculptures of Valérie Boy, with the artists on hand to discuss their work. More photos after the jump.

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This year, there are beautiful abstract tableaux from Dominique Piveteaud that use zinc rooftop remmants in various states of rust (above).

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Ethereal metal mesh sculptures from sculptor Mireille Kessler (above)...

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...or these from Christine Vinson, that look like human ghosts.

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Clever recycled lights made from plastic jugs and kitchen steamers from Caen-based Sébastien Mittig.

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Twisted wire fish and Eiffel Towers from François Arias .

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Black button afro paintings from Anouchka Potdevin.

And much more...

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- Kristin Hohenadel blogging from rue Vieille du Temple, Paris, France. She can be reached at kristinh @ apartmenttherapy . com