Adorable Painted Packaging Sculptures by Eric Barclay

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Eric Barclay has given a whole new meaning to the concept of recycling, and recyclable art, for that matter. Most people toss their bottles and cans in the recycling bin, but Barclay turns them into adorable painted packaging sculptures, each its own character with a name. For some, he’s even written short children’s poems or little biographies. He uses acrylic paints and the packaging from popular products, and re-imagines them as playful, whimsical art, for and inspired by children. The finished products are clever and incredibly cute and will seriously make you rethink your trash! Check out some of his creations below, and don’t forget to check out his other work here.


“Ranjit and Indira”

Ranjit and Indira Coca-Cola Packaging Sculpture

This adorable piece was originally a 2 liter bottle of Coca Cola and comes with a poem:

Ranjit and his elephant Indira
Carried the orphans through tiger country
And the tiger through people country
As they journeyed to the Valley
Of Never Ending Happiness

“The Queen’s Influence”, “Toy”, and “Striped Cat”

Laundry Detergent Packaging Sculptures

“The Queen’s Influence” is a cat made out of an All laundry detergent bottle and was inspired by Queen Elizabeth and her many hats. “Toy” is a circus lion made from a French’s mustard bottle, and “Striped Cat” is made from a Nescafe instant coffee jar.

Soda Can Characters

Soca Can Packaging Sculptures

Barclay painted a Kokeshi on a can of Diet Coke, a panda on a can of Sprite, and a skunk named Clovis on a can of Coca Cola. Clovis came with a poem as well:

With his striking good looks
And mesmerizing scent,
Clovis found love
Wherever he went

“Coffee Mates”

Coffee Mate Cremer Packaging Sculptures

Barclay created these best friends, Mr. Shackleton and Mr. Hudson, out of two bottles of Coffee-mate creamer. Their mini biography says, “Mr. Shackleton and Mr. Hudson share a love of tweed hats, cardigan sweaters and strong coffee. Neither cares much for killer whales.”

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