The Treasures in the Trash Museum in East Harlem is at turns delightful and sad. Curator Nelson Molina is a city sanitation worker with a nice eye and ear for hidden garbage gems. The whole museum demonstrates how utterly wasteful humans are.
Via Allison Meyer at Hyperallergic, Open House New York (OHNY) arranged the special tour:
The tour was part of OHNY’s yearlong series Getting to Zero: New York + Waste. The Treasures in the Trash Museum is usually off-limits to the public, as it’s housed in the working MANEAST 11 sanitation garage, though it has opened in the past for the annual OHNY Weekend. “Only in New York would we have a sold-out tour of a sanitation garage full of discarded items on a Sunday,” remarked Gregory Wessner, OHNY executive director. He noted that the museum is, in a way, the “heart of this entire series,” as it demonstrates so much about “what we keep and what we discard.”
Lots of other great picture taken by Meier over at Hyperallergic.
• New York City’s Museum of Trash Rescued by a Sanitation Worker (Hyperallergic)
For this funny advertisement, CleanMyMac dressed up a fellow as a public pile of trash and when people dropped their litter on his back, he sprung up to surprise them.
For more than three decades, New York Sanitation worker Nelson Molina has picked personal treasures from the garbage he collects in East Harlem. Now totaling more than 45,000 cataloged items, Molina has an astounding personal wunderkammer of treasures from the trash. Nicolas Heller profiles him in this wonderful short documentary.
Tom Deininger, previously seen on Boing Boing, is a Boston-based assemblage artist who creates incredible sculptures and 3D “paintings” from plastic garbage. Deininger created the self-portrait below from “studio trash kept for two months. The size of the self portrait was determined by the trash.”
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