When we lived in London, we use to walk from Hoxton to Shoreditch to get to and from work. Along the way, we'd see the usual boarded-up windows and construction barriers. One day of the week, we'd also notice heaps of garbage on the curbside--everything from plastic bags and cardboard boxes to furniture and home appliances. If we were lucky enough, not only might we catch a glimpse of the latest artwork from Dave The Chimp painted on them, we might end up walking home with it.
Like many street artists, The Chimp seized an opportunity to make boring or naked spaces full of life and personality. Even better, however, was that fact that he was able to transform useless trash into valuable art that people would collect and display in their home or office.
Trash is a medium artists should not overlook, especially if it is distributed freely or auctioned off for worthy causes.