Vinyl Records Find a Second Life as Art

For decades, vinyl records were a way for music recording artists to share their music with the world. When cassette tapes and then CDs and MP3 players were invented, vinyl records were shelved. Now, artists are giving vinyl records a second life as art pieces.


With their circular shape and central hole, vinyl records can easily be converted into clocks. To add a bit of flair, shapes can be cut into the record or it can be painted with an attractive design.

Above: A spoof on Salvador Dali's famous image of melting clocks, created by literally melting the old LP.

Above: This recycled art work combines a vinyl record and a vintage telephone.

Above: This artist has chosen to laser cut the old record to create a neat cutout of a city-scape.

Vinyl Records Recycled as Bowls

Vinyl records become pliable when heated, which means that they can molded into a variety of shapes. The most common shape is a serving bowl.

Above: Salad bowls made by heating and shaping vinyl records. The central hole is plugged and the entire piece coated with lacquer.

Above: This record has been upcycled to become either a snacks platter or a pot plant holder. 

Above: This vinyl record bowl has been shaped by molding it to a pre-existing bowl. 

Vinyl Records become Kinetic Sculptures
South African artist William Kentridge created this kinetic sculpture, Phenakistascope, in 2000. When the handle is turned, the two vinyl records spin in opposite directions, created an optical illusion of animation.

Utilitarian Upcycled Records
Above: Using string, material and two vinyl records, this artist has created the ideal handbag for music lovers.

Above: The hard, strong nature of LPs means that they can be used as a sturdy, reliable book cover, an fitting cover for a book of sheet music or lyrics.

Old LPs as Musical Decor
Shaped records create colorful, textured wall decorations; perfect interior decor for the music lover’s home.

Above: After being both shaped and sculpted, the records have transformed from being flat discs into 3D wall decor.

Above: Focusing on the central part of the record, these human silhouette designs make for an interesting talking piece.

Above: This piece of vinyl record art reflects the musical origins of the material, by being shaped to look like a guitar body.

Recycled Records become Wearable Music

The glossy black color of vinyl records creates an eye-catching piece of jewelry. Records can also be used as jewelry stands for earrings.

Above: Like the guitar body in the previous picture, this cutout of a cassette tape reflects the musical origins of the materials used. 

Above: This LP record pendant of a skull creates a unique statement of the wearer's musical tastes.

Above: These arm cuffs shaped from vinyl records are incredibly durable, and make a tough musical fashion statement.

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