Warhol, Matisse, Van Gogh, 1-800-GOT-JUNK?

While some use paint or clay, we prefer junk.

Turning junk into art has been a tradition for the Baltimore 1-800-GOT-JUNK? franchise for the last three years. Partnering with Artscape, North America’s largest art festival, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? has helped create fun and fascinating work that has been enjoyed by over a million people. Click link after the jump to see NBC’s coverage of how we reached out to people like you in order to make art happen.


Our Vancouver 1-800-GOT-JUNK? franchise (the same franchise that brought you  Junk Karma) had a warehouse full of stuff that couldn’t be recycled or donated. They decided to invite community artists to create art from the second-hand supplies. The response has been inspiring, with over 50 artists applying to be a part of the artful recycling.

How about a whole gallery created from people’s cast offs? The Manhattan Sanitation Department has a “secret” art gallery curated by one of their creative sanitation workers.

“Mr. Molina, 58, a lifelong New Yorker and a sanitation worker since 1981, began collecting pictures and trinkets along his route about 20 years ago, he said, to brighten up his corner of the garage locker room. Gradually, his colleagues on East 99th Street began to contribute, gathering up discarded gems they thought he might enjoy. As the collection grew, word spread, and workers from other boroughs started to drop off contributions from time to time. Next, building superintendents along Mr. Molina’s route started putting things aside they thought he could use.” – New York Times (full article)

For more junk art inspiration check out our Pinterest. So many possibilities! You’ll never look at your soup can the same way again. Warhol was onto something!

Andrew Sutherland is PR Manager for 1-800-GOT-JUNK? and You Move Me. 1-800-GOT-JUNK? inspired Andrew to regain space by saying good-bye to 1/3 of his possessions. Andrew is a mountain man in training who appreciates an awesome view, a good story and organized closets. Connect with Andrew on Google+ or LinkedIn.

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