Plastic waste is anything but pretty. Heaps of packaging and water bottles littering city streets and oceans? No thanks.

Some people, however, have the magical ability to look upon these items and see something beautiful – art, even! That’s exactly what artist Jane Perkins has done with discarded items she has collected over the years.

Using otherwise discarded pieces of plastic, Perkins has recreated old masters!

This Artist is Crushing Plastic by Recreating Famous Works of Art out of Found Plastics

In her artist’s bio, she writes, “I am a ‘re-maker’, taking inspiration from found objects and working them into something new.”

This Artist is Crushing Plastic by Recreating Famous Works of Art out of Found Plastics

Collecting items from charity shops, boot sales and recycling centers, Perkins has transformed bits and pieces of plastic waste into true masterpieces.

This Artist is Crushing Plastic by Recreating Famous Works of Art out of Found Plastics

According to Mother Nature Network, Perkins says she is “shocked by the ready availability of mountains of unwanted toys and other goods in our throw-away Western society.”

This Artist is Crushing Plastic by Recreating Famous Works of Art out of Found Plastics

And Perkins couldn’t be more on point about our throwaway culture. In fact, over 300 million tons of plastic materials come into circulation every year.

This Artist is Crushing Plastic by Recreating Famous Works of Art out of Found PlasticsThis Artist is Crushing Plastic by Recreating Famous Works of Art out of Found Plastics

Sadly, most of that plastic ends up in the oceans, wreaking havoc on marine ecosystems and endangering about 700 marine species due to the threat plastic poses to them from entanglement, pollution, and ingestion.

This Artist is Crushing Plastic by Recreating Famous Works of Art out of Found Plastics

In addition to having an eco-friendly message, Perkins says that her work is primarily focused on making people smile and bringing them joy! We have to admit – the added benefit of reusing discarded materials makes us smile even more!

This Artist is Crushing Plastic by Recreating Famous Works of Art out of Found Plastics

These famous faces sure would be proud of the amazing work Perkins is doing for the world! If you’re inspired and captivated by Perkins work as much as we are, head over to her website to see more! And to find out how you, too, can put an end to our destructive plastic habit, join our #CrushPlastic campaign!

All Image Source: Jane Perkin