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Turning Packaging Materials into Works of Art

From creative product packaging, to DIY home and garden projects, to theater set design, there’s a lot you can do with corrugated boxes and other packaging materials. At PSI, we’ve been demonstrating that for 41 years, but a few talented visual artists are creating things with media including cardboard and packing tape that go beyond our wildest corrugated dreams.

Meet Max Zorn and James Grashow, two of our favorite artists who’ve found inspiration in packaging materials.


Max Zorn “Paints” with Packing Tape

Rather than relying on a paint brush, Dutch artist Max Zorn creates incredible works of art by layering brown packing tape on glass and using a scalpel to etch out his designs.

When Art Business News magazine asked him how he came up with idea to create art with packing tape, Zorn said he began using the medium while making nighttime street art in Amsterdam. “I started with little sketches with colored markers on Plexiglas,” he told Art Business News. “And one night I put up one of these sketches with a piece of brown packing tape. It was the first time I saw how the packing tape interacts with light and creates the sepia tones that remind us of old photography. I thought that was interesting.”

Watch this YouTube video to see Zorn in action:


Visit www.maxzorn.com for more information about Zorn and his tape art.



It’s a ‘Corrugated World’ for James Grashow

Referred to as “the cardboard Bernini” in a 2012 documentary film of the same name, Connecticut-based sculptor and illustrator James Grashow has been creating artwork using corrugated board for decades. One of his most impressive works in the last few years is his “Corrugated Fountain,” which was inspired by the Roman fountains created by Baroque sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

In a recent exhibit called “Corrugated World: The Art of James Grashow,” at the Flynn Gallery inside the Greenwich Library in Greenwich, Connecticut, Grashow showcased 70 cardboard monkeys, 17 fish, and 13 other corrugated sculptures, including houseplants and a collection of what he calls “cardbirds.”

Grashow uses cardboard for his sculptures because “corrugated boxes are mistake-proof,” he told the Greenwich Time newspaper during an interview about his “Corrugated World” exhibit.

“Every person loves cardboard,” he said to the newspaper. “Cardboard is a kind of material that knows it’s going to be trash, so now it gets a second chance to be something.”

Learn more about Grashow’s work at www.jamesgrashow.com.


Take an Artistic Approach to Your Packaging
Like Zorn and Grashow, we love working with packaging materials here at PSI Group. Let our expert structure designers and graphic designers turn your product packaging into a work of art.

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