Saturday, February 20, 2010

Trash Art

Justin Gignac packs trash from the streets of New York into plastic cubes and sells them for $50 to $100 apiece. 

“The idea of selling garbage was all born out of the debate about the importance of package design,” he said. 

That was during a summer internship at MTV. He asked himself what he could package that nobody would want. 

Gignac digs through trash late at night. “This is when the city is dirtiest,” he says. Gignac fills the approximately three inch airtight and odorless clear plastic cubes, with what he found scurrying through the streets and trash. Each cube has a centerpiece like a ticket stub, plastic cup or broken beer bottle, which is then displayed with other findings like cigarette stubs, candy wrappers and receipts. 

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