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).
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.
Covered in urethane and then auto paint.
3. The Terminal – by John Powers.
4. The Playing Fields – by Craig R. Wedderspoon.
Looking like stones. Styrofoam, plaster, epoxy, 54″x60″x24″.
5. Styrofoam couch – by Kwangho Lee (in the image).
6. Polystyrene Sofa – by Edouard Simoens designer.
7. Recreational Vehicle – by Chris Vorhees (2002).
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).
9. Styrofoam Vases, ‘Schizo–series’ of Oooms from Eindhoven.
10. Expanded Polystyrene Houses.
11. Styrofoam house entrance.
Some villages have been already build and the design has been approved by the Japanese Ministry of Land and Transport.
12. Styrofoam houses resort.
13. Inside of a Styrofoam House.
They claim that their dome houses can last for 300+ years.
14. 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.
16. Styrofoam Restaurant.
Do you like “extruded” polystyrene as an art media? What about your house? Would you convert it into a Styrofoam dome?