In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, New York artists Allbriton Robbins and Hema Patel transformed rubble from the storm into vibrant works of art. The team painted bright colors and patterns on driftwood and debris collected from the wreckage, and are now selling the colorful artifacts online to benefit those who lost so much.
The artists set out to ensure that even if Sandy was out of the headlines, the memories of the storm and the damage it left behind will never be forgotten. "It's too often that tragedies like this go out of sight out of mind," artist Robbins wrote in an e-mail to The Huffington Post, "which is why we wanted to do something that let people always have a way to remember, not only the devastation to the shore but the lasting effects we have on this planet."
Each piece of driftwood is sealed with a plaque inscribed with the town where the wood was found. The small inscriptions serve as reminders "that each piece has a unique story, whether it was part of a weathered boardwalk in Long Branch or a branch from a tree in someones front yard in Sea Bright," Patel wrote in an e-mail. "These are not just pieces of wood, but little pieces of towns' history."
See the works below and head to the "Drift Relief" website to see more.