What to do with those Used Tires




tire art


Tire Frame by Chakaia Booker
Pic:  www.newcambridgeobserver.com
www.chakaiabooker.com




tire sculpture


Male Torso that left his path
by Chakaia Booker, 1992-1995.
www.chakaiabooker.com





tire sculpture


Industrial Perpetuosity, 1997
By Chakaia Booker
www.chakaiabooker.com




tire sculpture


Meeting Ends
By Chakaia Booker
www.chakaiabooker.com




tire sculpture


Vacancy
By Chakaia Booker
Photo:  www.artscriticatl.com





tire sculpture


Pneu by Wim Delvoye
www.wimdelvoye.be





tire sculpture


Pneu by Wim Delvoye
www.wimdelvoye.be





tire sculpture


Requiem by Betsabee Romero    Carve and then roll...
She was born in Mexico City in 1963.
www.arte-mexico.com





tire sculpture


Espiral Sin Fin by Betsabee Romero
5 llantas grabadas
www.arte-mexico.com/betsabee




tire sculpture


Lion Woman 1 by Yong Ho Ji
2007, 120 x 50 x 75 cm, used tires, synthetic resins.
www.yonghoji.com






tire sculpture


Bull Man 4 by Yong Ho Ji
2010, 100 x 150 x 200 cm (6' 7")
More pics: www.yonghoji.com




tree made from tires


Ficus Elastica Robusta
By Ann Carrington
Commissioned by Seeds of Change
Hampstead Heath, London
6m x 9m x 5.5m
www.anncarrington.co.uk


tire tree


Ficus Elastica Decora
By Ann Carrington
Commissioned by Rothschild Estate, Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire
6m x 8.5m x 5.2m
www.anncarrington.co.uk



tire reuse


Ficus Elastica Decora
By Ann Carrington
www.anncarrington.co.uk



tire reuse


Ficus Elastica Decora
By Ann Carrington
www.anncarrington.co.uk



tire reuse


Douglas White
Dazed and Confused
www.sculpture.org.uk




tire sculpture


Carolyn Butts Tire Tapestry
See her site for more designs...
www.bon-eco.com





tire wall art


Carolyn Butts Tire Tapestry
Painted white
www.bon-eco.com





tire sculpture


Suckling is Continuous” three large spheres shrouded in found tire elements
By Kathy Kelley Buffalo Bayou Art Park
Photo Maorlando www.flickr.com





tire sculpture


"Chinu - the black sea bream of Osaka Bay" 2007 about 8m long.
By 2 persons collectively known as Yodogawa Technique who create art works from rubbish from the river Yodogawa area in Osaka where they are based.
www.yukariart-contemporary.com





tire sculpture


Tire-Serpent by Mirko Siakkou-Flodin
www.oddee.com





tire art


Decogomme Screen
Den Haag, Dutch Ministry, Netherlands, june 2006
www.millegomme.com





tire chairs


Tire Chairs and Planter
Green Invasion Lima, Peru
via Treehugger





tire chairs


Walkable Tire Sculpture
Green Invasion Lima, Peru
via Treehugger





tire furniture


Recycled Truck Tire Ottoman and Stools
Via keetsa.com





tire table


Bon Eco - marble top, tires rubbed with ochre.
Carolyn Butts, Ontario
www.bon-eco.com





tire tube chairs

Tire Tube Chairs & Setee by Nir Ohayon
Handmade metal frames with inflated tubes stuffed in.
See more pics here: www.recycoool.com





tire chair


Tired Lounge
By Leo Kempf
www.360seegallery.com




tire chair
Tire chair
Happy Hardcore
by Fernanda Fajardo
www.coroflot.com




tire table


Jean-Michel Basquiat Marble Cafe Table
by Dino Paxenos





tire chair

Tire chair
Only suitable for Basements!
By Italian designer Zak - RunOnFlat Goodyear tires.
www.gadgetblog.it





tire swing

Tire chair
Fairly Easy to Make Swing
See more pics:  www.millegomme.com




tire swing


Gravity Passengers
Mafikeng South Africa, June 2010
Multi-Person Tire Swings
See more pics:  www.millegomme.com





tire sink


Recycled Tire Sinks
Bristol and Bath Second Chance Collection
www.cft411.com





recycled tire sink


Recycled Rubber Sink by Minarc
Melted old tires
www.interiordesign.net





tire chair

Tire chair
Hermit Crab Chair
Molded ceramic that slips on top of a tire!
The tire is your cushioning and base.
www.yankodesign.com





tire chair

Tire chair
Millegome Chair
www.millegomme.com





tire house


Maison Gomme
By Den Haag,  july 2005.
Not the best look but scratch resistent!
More pics here: www.millegomme.com





tire house


Tire Foundation, Patio and Stairs
More pics:  www.ventasalud.com





tire foundation


Off to a sturdy start
An Earthship




tire roof


Tire Roof, Vancouver, BC.
Photo by Jennifer Loring
www.flickr.co



tire roof


Euroshield
Recycled car tires molded into roofing
www.euroshieldroofing.com





tire pail


Tade Barrels
Pics: www.be.com
www.tade.fr






tire handbag


Car Inner Tube Tire Handbags (note the valve)
www.zuss.com
www.neumaticanet.com.ar





tire sculpture


Wrench II By (the very talented) Chakaia Booker, 2001.






rauschenberg goat


And lastly, the most famous tire of them all...
Robert Rauschenberg (American, 1925-2008). Monogram, 1955-59. Angora goat, tire, tennis ball. 42 x 63 x 64 in. Moderna Museet, Stockholm. © Robert Rauschenberg / Adagp, Paris, 2006



But Tire Beware:

Over 1 billion tires are manufactured annually, made of synthetic rubber, natural rubber, carbon black, polyester fabric, and steel wire, tires stay in the environment a long time. Today a typical tire consists of about 28 percent natural rubber, 28 percent synthetic rubber (made from oil), and 28 percent carbon black filler—a material produced by the incomplete combustion of heavy petroleum products. Anywhere from 15 to 38 liters of oil is used to make a standard tire. The remaining 16 percent of the tire is composed of different functional agents such as Softeners (hydrocarbon oil, resins), Antidegradants (para-phenylenediamine, paraffin), Curatives (sulfur, sulfemamides) and Activators (zinc oxide, stearic acid).(1) If tires burn - it is an extremely toxic coctail, both for the atmosphere and nearby groundwater. Hopefully, the future holds promise, as manufacturers are now testing more sustainable ingredients.

The use of scrap tire chips for landscaping has become controversial, due to the leaching of metals and other contaminants from the tire pieces. Tires can concentrate (up to 2% by weight) zinc to levels high enough to be extremely toxic to aquatic life and plants. (2,3)

Michael Reynolds who has been constructing Earthship Homes for 35 years using rammed earth tires, said he has never had one complaint of offgassing. Most likely because the tires are plastered and protected from the elements. It is believed a large percentage of the offgassing happens when the tire is new.  www.earthship.com




1)  www.ecosystm.org
2)  www.ardeacon.com/pdf
3)  www.puyallup.wsu.edu

 

 

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