Globe-trotting Japanese artist Fuyuki Shimazu makes art from discarded cardboard boxes


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  • Thursday, 22 Mar 2018

'I really cherish the moments when I encounter cardboard boxes that are only used in a specific country or that cannot be found at any other place,' says Fuyuki, who travels the globe looking for cardboard to turn into items such as wallets and card holders. Photo: Reuters

The saying – “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” – has been the mantra motivating Japanese artist Fuyuki Shimazu to go on a global dumpster diving adventure to prove the point.

Shimazu, 30, a collector of cardboard, has travelled to 27 countries to pick up boxes destined to be discarded. From the refuse, he crafts wallets, business card holders and other products that have fetched praise from design critics and enough cash in sales to send him searching through bins far afield.

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