Family Activity: Finding Art

Learn about an artwork made from found objects and construct one yourself. Includes an art-making activity.


Richard Hunt's Hero Construction was made from found objects—old pipes, bits of metal, and automobile parts. The artist discovered these materials in junkyards and on the street.


Make a sculpture of your own with objects from around your house.

Materials Needed:


  1. Spend a few days searching your home and neighborhood and collecting natural and man-made materials, such as leaves, branches, and broken toys. Be sure to ask for permission to take objects that are not yours! Fill a grocery bag with these materials until you have a good collection.
  2. With adult supervision, construct a sculpture from these objects using a glue gun or tape. Think about how you can use your materials to make a human, abstract, or machine-like form. If your construction cannot stand on its own, glue it to a cardboard or wood support.
  3. If you’d like, paint the final sculpture to give it a patina like cast sculpture.


abstract (adj)
not recognizable; comprised of expressive color, form, and texture

cast sculpture (n)
a work of art made by pouring melted liquid, such as bronze, into a mold and then letting it harden. The mold is often constructed from a clay, plaster, or wax model.

construction (n)
an assembly (usually three-dimensional) of diverse materials, such as found objects

found objects (n, pl)
materials that were once used for other purposes and later found by an artist and incorporated into a work of art

patina (n)
a crust or film that appears gradually (as a result of chemical reactions) or is placed deliberately on the surface of a sculpture

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