If you drive at all, and I mean AT ALL, you’ve probably seen hundreds of hubcaps laying on the sides of roads and highways. These round disks serve no other purpose than providing a little clean aesthetics to low-cost wheels, and they seem to find any excuse to jump off their spinning counterparts. Because they’re of little value as a single disk, hubcaps are intrinsically worthless as soon as they stop their escapist roll under some roadside bush.
What to do with this trash? Ptolemy Elrington, an artist from the United Kingdom, has been seeing the hidden worth in the lost wheel accessories, transforming them into highly detailed animals complete with BMW and Mercedes emblems. I can’t think of anything better to do with this unusual waste product than turn it into something beautiful and interesting for people to enjoy. At the same time that they provide entertainment, Elrington explains what he hopes people glean from seeing his creations:
“My fish try to say things about our wasteful society and about our prejudices towards value. Hopefully they will encourage people to reconsider before they discard something which apparently has no purpose.”
In keeping with this green ethic, Elrington never overpaints or fills the hubcaps he finds laying around. Because of this, each artwork bares the marks of many miles traveled, the scrapes and cracks of everyday driving. For more of his creative animals or to purchase one, spin on over to hubcapcreatures.com.