SlDr.Em.4A few months back, Fast Haul created an infographic, Turning Trash Into Treasure, where they highlighted eight different examples of turning household “trash” into “treasure” by exercising just a bit of creativity such as turning old chopsticks into a retro looking fruit basket or transforming old bicycle chains into unique bottle opener. The infographic can be seen here:

According to the Sacramento Bee, it looks like some artists are taking the initiative to turning trash-dump finds into treasures. In partnership with Recology, the Artist in Residence program allow a selected number of applicants to gather inspiration from what others throw away at the public disposal and recycling center. Local San Francisco conceptual multimedia artists, Yulia Pinkusevich and Stephanie Syjuco are among the selected few.

Founded in 1990, the Artist in Residence program was to educate the public about recycling and conservation with the help of the ingenuity of artists from around the world. The program offer artist a stipend, dump access and nearby studio space for four months. At the conclusion of the program, the artists’ artwork will be showcased and displayed in a number of public and private spaces or exhibition.

For this year Artist in Residence, both Pinkusevich and Syjuco joined the program coming from different perspective. Syjuco joined the program with the idea of creating an alternative vending structure to showcase the things she finds. Pinkusevich, on the other hand, believes she have found her calling, as she has been avid in using reuse materials in her drawing class that she teach at Stanford University.


By: Ethan Malone