"Meltdown," by Israeli artist Benchuk. "Meltdown," by Israeli artist Benchuk. "Meltdown," by Israeli artist Benchuk. (Photo: Caterpillar)

Turning work boots into works of art

Footwear company asked artists to use their boots as a canvas. The results are pretty incredible.

Caterpillar Footwear's boots are popular the world over. Their Colorado boot has been a staple in workwear since 1991. Its makers decided to ring in the quarter-century anniversary by asking artists around the world to use the boot as their canvas. The results range from wildly creative to wondrously psychedelic.

For Tel Aviv, Israel-based graphic artist Ben Amoyal (aka Benchuk), a boot in the likeness of an ice cream cone turned out to be a winning recipe, earning him a place in Caterpillar Footwear's 25th anniversary design project. His design, pictured above, looks almost good enough to eat.

"The Nature of Art," by Turkish artist Sila Yucesoy."The Nature of Art," by Turkish artist Sila Yucesoy. (Photo: Caterpillar)

"Fluorencity," by Russian painter Boris Ponomarev."Fluorencity," by Russian painter Boris Ponomarev. (Photo: Caterpillar)

"Big City, Bright Lights" by South African artist Dhiantha Achary."Big City, Bright Lights" by South African artist Dhiantha Achary. (Photo: Caterpillar)

"Lifestyle Juggler," by artist Anton Unai of Berlin, Germany."Lifestyle Juggler," by artist Anton Unai of Berlin, Germany. (Photo: Caterpillar)

In Benchuk's line of work, he said he typically creates animal-inspired art, so the ice cream illustration is a bit of a departure. But the idea of finding unconventional materials and giving them new life through his art is right up his alley.



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Turning work boots into works of art
Caterpillar footwear asked artists to use their boots as a canvas. The results are pretty incredible.