Mixed Media

Lisa Hoke’s multicolored upcycled mural

Hoke-installation viewNew York sculptor Lisa Hoke created this monumental wall frieze 15 feet high by more than 150 feet using everyday materials from recycled paper to plastic cups in a challenge to the “irony of mass consumer production in America.”


Organized by the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Come on Down focuses on the mass-produced cardboard found in consumer culture. The discarded materials used in the mural come from local stores, which save packaging for her every week, and the basement of her apartment building.  She sorts her items by color and it’s the colors that thrill her.  (Above: Mural detail, blues)

 Photo: Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman

Photo: Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman

“Every one of these packages involve people sitting down and discussing, ‘what’s going to make somebody come on down and buy this?’” Hoke says. “Color is the thing that makes my heart pound. It’s not the logo; it’s not the printing; it’s the thrill of the color.” (Above: French fry containers and tater tot holders / Below: Longer view of cups)

Hoke-detail-cups Below: Hoke installing the mural in Oklahoma City


Below: Detail, various colors (screen shots from Vimeo)

Hoke-detail Hoke-green Hoke-vimeo-cards Hoke-vimeo-reds

OKCMOA / Lisa Hoke – Come on Down from tannerherriott on Vimeo.

Lisa Hoke’s website, here.

17 replies »

  1. There is something about this piece that makes me almost want to cry. It is so strikingly beautiful, I can’t help but have an emotional response. I am so obsessed with this idea, and am completely inspired. 🙂


    • I so agree about its power – and if you watched the video, her creative persistence is striking. So very glad it reached you. Bet she would be very happy to know that.


  2. Reblogged this on cleaning up the studio and commented:

    I had to re-blog this post by Global Art Junkie as it is so beautiful. Call it recycling, upcycling, repurposing, trash-art, what-have-you, but this brilliant (pun intended) sculptural installation by Lisa Hoke of-is something to wonder at. I love color. I recently did a “look/see” post about Rhode Island artist Tom Deininger’s work, including his incredible trash-art sculpture… These artists both share a passion and vision for turning discarded, reused materials into works of color and beauty. Simply amazing. Enjoy!


  3. Phenomenal… since I’ve started following your blog I’m getting new eye-openers all the time. Thanks so much for your vision and awareness !! I’m re-blogging to share with my folks. 🙂


  4. Reblogged this on Grand Puppet and commented:
    “I don’t know how I wanna get somewhere, how do I start… and the only way to start is one step at a time. There’s just this point of giving yourself permission to work with what makes your heart beat.” – Lisa Hoke


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