Artist’s spectacular glasses ‘give trash a second chance’
(CNN) — Ever since he was a young boy, Kenyan artist Cyrus Kabiruhas envisaged breathing new life into his surroundings.
"When I woke up every morning, the first thing I’d see was trash," recalls Kabiru, whose childhood home faced a garbage heap where all of Nairobi’s waste was dumped. "I used to say to my dad that when I grow up, I want to give trash a second chance."
And that’s exactly what he went on to do.
A self-taught sculptor and painter, Kabiru is crafting visually striking artworks from abandoned refuse he collects from the streets of the Kenyan capital.
The talented artist is best known for his “C-Stunners,” a series of eye-catching handmade spectacles. In Kabiru’s hands, cast-aside bolts, wires, spoons and bottle tops gain a new lease of life as vital components of whimsical pieces of art.Stripped of their original value, the recycled materials are transformed into steampunk, one-of-a-kind creations that transcend traditional forms and challenge stereotypes."I don’t see trash as waste," says Kabiru. "I just see the trash as a chance for creativity."