Standing within view of one of Rome's most awe-inspiring sights, this little building looks like trash — because it is. Created by renowned trash artist HA Schult to raise awareness about polluted beaches, the "Save the Beach Hotel" was made from 12 tons of garbage gathered from European beaches in a few days.

Erected just in time for World Environment Day (June 5), the five-room piece of art stood proudly beside the Vatican amid the majestic ruins of this ancient city before embarking upon a world tour.

Supermodel Helena Christensen spent a night at the hotel while it was in Rome to call attention to the project. In a video interview with Corona, Christensen explained why the cause was close to her heart.

“I decided to join the Corona Save the Beach project because I think it's a wonderful initiative, a very important one. I think it's extremely important to raise people's awareness about how much garbage is generated around the beaches in Europe.”

Aside from its basic wooden frame and the sheets on the beds, the hotel is made almost entirely from trash, ranging from paper and bottles to guitars and toys.

The strangest item on the hotel's exterior? That might just be a mannequin leg spotted in a BBC report on the project, though you'll have to get up close and personal to decide for yourself. Keep up with the hotel at or the Save the Beach Facebook page.

Also on MNN: 

What a dump: 'Save the Beach Hotel' is made of trash
Art installation took up residence outside the Vatican in June and is now on tour to raise awareness about Europe's trash-covered beaches.