Environmental problems, which started to break with the ties between human and nature, attracted the attention of artists after 1960 and caused them to become subjects in their works in order to raise awareness. With the shift of the gallery space to the public space, the artist did not hesitate to add nature to art by finding himself in the nature. In ancient times, man tried to survive in nature and in his struggle with it, he received support from art, albeit intuitively. With the introduction of settled life, the passive situation against nature gradually disappeared and he did not hesitate to consider himself superior to nature. In time, this superiority, which he assumed to have gained over nature, caused environmental problems, and especially the consumption phenomenon brought along with production led to situations that could not be overcome. The waste problem, one of the most important of these problems, increases its dangers day by day. The artist of the 21st century did not hesitate to use waste materials in his works in order to raise awareness about the dangers of waste materials that turned into an environmental problem and to draw attention to the recycling situation. This study examines some of the artists who produce works by using waste materials from the post-1960 to the present.
Keywords: Environmental Art, Waste Materials, Recycling