Thursday Salute to Originals: Toy Story

What do plastic toys and Freudian theories have in common? Well, not much, unless they are brought together by one very unique creator. Meet Robert Bradford. This psychotherapist-turned-artist is making waves in the art community with his sculptures made from discarded plastic objects.


This isn’t a purposeful commentary on recycling, but rather a manipulation of discarded objects that reflect specific points in time and culture – a dialogue about childhood and the pieces that comprise it.


A point of interest is that Bradford’s sculptures are scaled to either life size or larger. Tiny fragments merge into robust forms. In this case, are the parts greater than the whole?