Trash can inspire eco-art — as evidenced by the Pink Tab Bikini Top — but apparently, trash can be art in itself. In New York City alone, there’s not just one, but two photoblogs inspired by urban trash-as-art!
I view the garbage on the streets as sculptures, created by the inhabitants of this city, which last for very short periods of time. Either someone comes along and adds to the garbage with more garbage, or someone picks through the garbage and changes it or sanitation workers pick it up and leave room for an entirely new sculpture to take its place. Physically these pieces of ‘art’ will never exist again.
In fact, documenting trash — even if begun for aesthetic reasons — seems to inevitably inspire eco-activism on the part of the photographer-blogger. Gutter Envy, for example, mostly documents one blogger’s "fascination of wet trash," but the blog’s simple photo-and-title post format sometimes gets interrupted by the blogger’s ideas about making the blog more eco-activist-oriented:
First, I should include the countless Poland Springs bottles, Dunkin’Donuts cups, and Marlboro soft packs, etc., that I have chosen to ignore (or fish out of my otherwise kick-ass shot). And secondly, I should take it one step further and engage in dialogue (anyone with phone numbers? contacts? please submit) with these companies about their lack of forethought put into the life span of their product packaging.