Artists around the world are painting and sculpting hubcaps into astounding works of art. You will never look at a hubcap on the side of the road in the same way after hearing about today’s creative reuse artists.
Did you know that most hubcaps made after the 1970s were plastic? And that most cars today don’t even have a separate hubcap? That means there are lots of plastic hubcaps just waiting to be made into art.
Blooming Hub Caps
The hub cap art featured at the top of this blog is by Sharon Zigrossi from Blooming Hub Caps. She emailed to say that she enjoys the Trashmagination podcast. And she was hoping I could do an episode on hubcaps. We had a lovely call over Zoom and she was correct – we were kindred spirits! Her hubcap art is awesome!
Sharon is interested in teaching more people how to make hubcap art so I hope you will follow her on social media!
Other Hubcap Painters
- Harriet Winograd is painting a series of hubcap portraits of famous women.
- Samm Wehman paints pet and animal portraits on many materials including hubcaps but also ceiling fan blades.
- Donna Gentile talks about the “sacred geometry” and facilitates art therapy workshops based on mandalas – of course the hubcap is just the perfect canvas for her!
- Elin Hunter paints cosmic and spiritual images on hubcaps.
- Mariah Reading picks up trash in national parks and then paints them so that they blend seamlessly into the landscape – and one of her pieces was on a hubcap.
- The Landfill Art Project resulted in 1,041 painted hubcaps by artists from around the world.
This school did a hubcap painting project:
Ptolemy Elrington, Hub Cap Creatures
Ptolemy sculpts plastic hub caps into beautiful and life-like animal sculptures.
Hub Cap Guitars
Steve Einhorn made a slide guitar from a hub cap:
Thomas Peterson from Refuse Reuse makes guitars from many different materials. Here is his tutorial for a hub cap guitar: