New uses for old objects Two thousand years ago, items that were used for everyday tasks like eating, washing, and writing were unremarkable to those who used them. Now, those items that remain intact are objects of interest and curiosity, displayed in museums for us to examine. Those artifacts help us feel connected to the people who handled them long ago. It’s interesting to see how the value of an object changes once it is no longer needed.

As technology develops, the tools of learning and creativity that were recently a part of everyday life are rapidly becoming antiques. Today’s artists are turning books into collages, typewriter keys into jewelry, and pencils into miniature sculptures. Take a look at the amazing mini-creations one artist has made from old pencil stubs, and the small city this man has made from millions of staples. It’s nice to know that these wonderful tools have found a new purpose in the artwork of these imaginative artists.