In the capital of Kenya, Nairobi, one man is digging up in piles of electronic trash, and he’s not just looking for working parts, he’s making art. Cyrus Kabiru turns found materials into different wearable forms, usually in the form of glasses or other large eyewear that can mask the entire face. His glasses obsession started when he was a little boy and it blossomed when his father crushed his dreams of ever owning his own pair.
” When I was young, I used to admire real glasses but my dad was a bit harsh and he never wanted me to have real glasses. That’s the reason I started making the glasses.” His creation can be categories n several types of art forms: Performance, sculpture and fashion,” When you walk in town and you see someone with my glasses, the glasses will get all your attention if you have any stress it is like therapy.” In addition to his obsession with glasses, Kabiru is also a self-taught painter and he creates humorous portraits of contemporary Kenyan life. In his most recent series, he used thousands of bottle caps sewn together to depict African nature. ” I really love trash. I try to give trash a second chance. I change it to be something else, which is like it will stay for more than 100 years now.” Visit his website here