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Artist transforms plastic toys into beautiful art pieces

Latest exhibit continues trend of turning everyday objects into museum masterpieces.


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This green T-Rex is one of 20 new artworks created specially for 'Bubblegumjungle.'This green T-Rex is one of 20 new artworks created specially for 'Bubblegumjungle.'Photo: Facebook
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We love to discover artists who are taking ordinary items and turning them into art. There's the artist who played with his food and turned it into world-famous caricatures. There are the twin sisters who took household tape and made beautiful celebrity portraits. There's the nurse who took 10,000 discarded plastic items from a hospital and made a piece of wall art for her patients to enjoy. And there are the countless artists who use toast (yes, toast!) and transform them into eye-popping mosaics.

And today we meet another: A 30-year-old Israeli artist named Alef who takes toys he picked up in the Florentin neighborhood of Tel Aviv and transforms them into pop art.

His current exhibition is on display at a mall in the coastal Israeli city of Herzliya, where visitors can see 20 pieces of toys turned into art. Below, we give you a sneak peek.

The artist said the idea for the 'Pink Elephant' came to him years ago.The artist said the idea for the 'Pink Elephant' came to him years ago. (Photo: Facebook)

The 'Black Gorilla' is part of the new Bubblegumjungle exhibit.The 'Black Gorilla' is part of the new Bubblegumjungle exhibit. (Photo: Facebook)

This 'Blue Triceratops' shows Alef's affinity for dinosaurs.This 'Blue Triceratops' shows Alef's affinity for dinosaurs. (Photo: Facebook)

Nicknamed Brachyura by the artist, it's official title is 'Grey Crab.'Nicknamed Brachyura by the artist, it's official title is 'Grey Crab.' (Photo: Facebook)

The mixed media installation includes this one called 'Blue Horse.'The mixed media installation includes this one called 'Blue Horse.' (Photo: Facebook)

A view of some the pieces framed and on the wall.A view of some the pieces framed and on the wall. (Photo: Facebook)

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