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London Artist Turns Trash Into Art

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One man’s trash is another man’s … trash. But trash that’s actually art, too. London street artist Francisco de Pajaro uses tossed out refuse as his medium, making cheeky and sometimes thoughtful sculptures from discarded garbage bags. “Rubbish is the only legal place you can make art on the street,” said de Pajaro of his work. “With the street art I’m trying to do things which haven’t be done before, I started working on the street with a clear conscience, like a virgin. You start with a purity and your mind changes as you go further into it, because the streets are very tough.”

The sculptures are fleeting, lasting only as long as the trash sits on the sidewalk, uncollected. “We consume a lot, and rubbish is part of that, it’s people wasting things,” said de Pajaro. “There’s a romantic aspect, somebody’s given it up, they don’t want it, because one little bit is broken, because they don’t want to fix it, that’s the Capitalist mindset, so I give it life, so there’s a sensitive and romantic side to the work. It’s not all about monsters and nightmares in the work. Even when I’m making monsters, I’m taking things and bringing them back to life, giving them meaning.”

Click through to check out another few trash monster pieces. [Societe Perrier] Keep reading »

Here’s A Trashy Gift Idea

New York-based artist Justin Gignac is one of those dudes who inspires us to ask, Why didn’t I think of that? After a co-worker pointed out and emphasized the importance of package design, he got the bright idea that anything could be dressed to sell, including garbage. In addition to hawking crap from the streets of the Big Apple, he’s also created “limited-edition” cubes from The Republican National Convention and St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin, among other excess street garbage-producing events. And judging from the fact that he and his wife now reside in Greenwich Village, one of Manhattan’s most expensive neighborhoods, the trash collection biz must be somewhat lucrative. Hey, at $50-$100 a cube, it’s a pretty good profit. We just hope they’re smell-proof. [NYC Garbage] Keep reading »

Disney Rescues Platinum Rings From Dumpster

A husband and wife were tidying up their villa at Disney World in Orlando, and the husband accidentally threw away his wife’s engagement, wedding, and five-year-anniversary rings. Oops. But those devoted Disney employees donned protecteive clothing, searched through trash, and found the rings! “That’s not the first time we’ve gone through trash — oh, no,” said Drew Weaver, the executive housekeeper at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. “We don’t always find things. Many times we come up empty. But we didn’t this time.” [AP] Keep reading »

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