Artist and collector Clare Graham is an expert at transforming recycled material into art reminiscent of fractal designs and elaborate patterns found in nature.

Since the 1980s, Graham has turned his Highland Park studio — he calls it MorYork — into a collection of millions of buttons, soda pop pull tabs, jigsaw puzzles, yard sticks, and Scrabble tiles that resemble pyramids, stalagmites, and kelp canopies.

Reporter Nic Cha Kim pays a trip to Graham’s studio in Highland Park for a closer look at the art pieces.