Dedicated Dumpster Diving: A Sanitation Worker's Scavenged Art Gallery

The New York Times

One man's trash is another man's treasure — we've all heard the old adage, but Nelson Molina, a longtime sanitation worker in Manhattan, takes the saying to an entirely new level: a self-curated, full-fledged art gallery — from other people's trash.

The New York Times toured Mr. Molina's gallery recently, getting a rare peek into the collection that contains everything from a Masters of Business Administration diploma (from Harvard!) to a portrait of Winston Churchill.

Mr. Molina admits that the best trash is often found in the more well-to-do neighborhoods; he has been collecting his treasures for over 20 years and has found a distinct pattern in locating the best finds. His approach is inspiring; he's a diligent collector of things others have thrown out, and the items are intriguing not only in their singularity, but because they all have the same common thread: they were all deemed as junk by their previous owners.

What do you think about this scavenged art gallery? Trash or treasure?

Read More: In a Sanitation Garage, a Gallery of Scavenged Art; New York Times

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