I love to use vintage optical scientific instruments in artwork, from vintage optician lenses to ocular measuring instruments.
This week I gathered up some great modern art sculptures created with optical lenses for some artistic inspiration.

 Optical Lens Art

Tuesdays Top Five Favorite Junk Finds #27 featuring Optical Lens Art Sculptures

Tuesdays Favorite Finds #27 Optical Lens Art

vintage spectacles graphic from The Graphics Fairy

*All photos and artworks featured in this round up are to be credited to the artists with their web links respectfully posted and may be subject to copyright.


For the first three features we have these wonderful fish sculptures built to scale entirely of parts from Costa’s sunglasses line. Originally created for the Costa sunglasses company for their advertising campaign, a few of the sculptures such as the Marlin and Tarpon have been donated to various organizations that preserve the fishing heritage and support sustainable sport fishing. How amazing are these optical lens sculptures, I ask you?
Costa Sailfish sunglass Optical Lens Art sculpture

8ft Sailfish sculpture

Costa Mahi sunglass optical lens Art sculpture

Costa Mahi Sculpture 2012

Costa tarpon sunglass optical lens art sculpture

Tarpon donated to the IGFA fishing museum in Fort Lauderdale, Fl

Next up is British artist Stuart Haygarth and his amazing recycled eyeglass chandeliers, Magoo was created with round optical lens, on a stainless steel framework. This piece can be mounted from the ceiling or on a floor stand.
"Magoo" eyeglass optical lens art sculpture lighting by Stuart Haygarth

“Magoo” by Stuart Haygarth

"Magoo" detail Optical Lens Art Sculpture by Stuart Haygarth

“Magoo” detail

His optical chandelier was made from over 4500 prescription glasses, hung by mono filament line from a platform to form a spherical shape to resemble a disco ball.
"optical" eyeglass optical lens art sculpture lighting by Stuart Haygarth

“Optical” by Stuart Haygarth

"Optical" detail Optical Lens Art Sculpture by Staurt Haygarth

“Optical” detail by Staurt Haygarth

I had to include a bonus feature this week, because its my favorite! Out of his Urchin series of three, this Fat one is my favorite. There are no lenses on this  lighting sculpture, but thousands of eyeglass arms, linked together to create three forms, and illuminated with led light stamens. Just so creatively inspiring!

"Fat urchin" eyeglass optical lens art sculpture lighting by Stuart Haygarth

” Fat Urchin” by Stuart Haygarth

"Fat Urchin" eyeglass optical lens art sculpture lighting by Stuart Haygarth

Detail of “Fat Urchin” by Stuart Haygarth

Detail of “Fat Urchin” by Stuart Haygarth
Hope you enjoyed this weeks round up of great re purposed art from the humble optical lens!
…..”Make Everyday Your Masterpiece!”