One man's trash is another man's treasure, especially if it ends up in the hands of Bordalo II. Bordalo II is a Portuguese street artist who specializes in breathing new life into junk he finds on the streets. Here is a collection of his beautiful animal art.
Cleaners at the Museion modern art gallery in Bolzano, Italy thought a recent art installation was trash.
The modern art piece entitled "Where are we going to dance tonight?," which features the leftovers of a dance party, was inadvertently tossed in the rubbish bin by cleaners.
Meant to represent consumerism, hedonism and the blending of revelry and politics of 1980s Italy, the installation depicted the aftermath of a party, with empty champagne bottles, confetti and cigarette stubs scattered all over the floor.
So, when a cleaning lady attended to tidy up the premises, she assumed the items was a pile of rubbish. Gallery curator Letizia Ragaglia said the mistake was partially due to the fact that the employee was new at the museum and thus unfamiliar with its exhibitions.
Luckily, the trash bags had not been thrown away when the museum discovered the mistake.
Cateura, Paraguay is a village practically built on a landfill where many of its inhabitants spend their days searching the trash for sellable items. Through this daily process, one man discovered the opportunity to take items he found and modify it into a violin. Now there is an entire orchestra of young people playing music from instruments made made out of recycled trash. What an amazing testament to how beauty can emerge from the most unlikely of places.