How Polystyrene Can Be Used To Create Amazing Artworks And Buildings


After stone, wood, leaves, paper and plastic another material came out for our packaging needs: Expanded Polystyrene (EPS). Everyone has seen it at least once in his life. Most common “foam” products, like coolers, wine shippers, molded end caps and corners, box packaging and even cups at the office water cooler are actually polystyrene foam. When wasted they become very dangerous for the environment and contributes to marine debris.

But EPS shouldn’t be confused with the Styrofoam – a registered trademark of the Dow Chemical Company, which is, instead, “extruded” polystyrene. Styrofoam is used primarily in construction for wall insulation, floor insulation, and roof insulation systems. It also covers a full range of foam products for the floral, craft and special events industries. Creative people even started to recycle and use it to create their artworks and the results are amazing.

So, in this article we will show you some of the must astonishing applications in art and construction.


1. Knot – by Kathyrn E. Martin (2007).

Kathyrn E. Martin

Approximately 40,000 Styrofoam cup bottoms have been used. 44″ diameter.
Polystyrene degrades very slowly- more than 500 years for a single cup.


2. Three pieces sanded down by hand and left raw – by David French.

three pieces sanded down - david french
David French

Covered in urethane and then auto paint.


3. The Terminal – by John Powers.

terminal john powers
John Powers


4. The Playing Fields – by Craig R. Wedderspoon.

the playing fields styrofoam
Craig R. Wedderspoon

Looking like stones. Styrofoam, plaster, epoxy, 54″x60″x24″.


5. Styrofoam couch – by Kwangho Lee (in the image).

Kwangho Lee


6. Polystyrene Sofa – by Edouard Simoens designer.

polystyrene sofa - edouard simoens
Edouard Simoens


7. Recreational Vehicle – by Chris Vorhees (2002).

recreational vehicle - chris vorhees
Chris Vorhees

15′ x 7′ x 5’​. Life size carving of 1970 Monte Carlo SS out of Styrofoam. This piece was installed in many events, sites and locations across the U.S.​
Shown here: final installation – Great Salt Desert – Wendover, NV.


8. Styrofoam Tree – by Dio Mendoza (2005).

styrofoam tree - dio mendoza
Dio Mendoza


9. Styrofoam Vases, ‘Schizo–series’ of Oooms from Eindhoven.

styrofoam vases



10. Expanded Polystyrene Houses.

styrofoam dome houses

Futuristic prefab houses from the International Dome House Company.
We talked about it on this article where you can see a how-to video explanation.


11. Styrofoam house entrance.

styrofoam house entrance

Some villages have been already build and the design has been approved by the Japanese Ministry of Land and Transport.

styrofoam dome houses village


12. Styrofoam houses resort.

styrofoam dome houses - resort


13. Inside of a Styrofoam House.

dome house inside

They claim that their dome houses can last for 300+ years.

dome house modern style inside


14. Styrofoam Fireplace.

styrofoam fireplace

The mantel is made from Balinese wood carving. Design by Marcia Bivens, Bivens Interiors. Constructed by Bernard and Marcia Bivens, Apopka, Florida.


15. Styrofoam Factory version.

storyfoam factory


16. Styrofoam Restaurant.

styrofoam restaurant

Do you like “extruded” polystyrene as an art media? What about your house? Would you convert it into a Styrofoam dome?

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