Humans do seem to love ruining their environment with rubbish and over recent months the number of cans and bottles littering hedges and open land does seem to be increasing.
Not only is much of this debris dangerous to other animals it also looks unsightly. However, occasionally a discarded object can take on the guise of art.
During a walk earlier this week I spotted a couple of images which could be described as art, if you change your viewpoint.
Left on waste ground near to the River Eden a motorcycle helmet in undergrowth is my first example.
For me it is the back story you can create from the picture. Is the helmet a metaphor for a headstone to a lost biker forgotten in time? Or is it a home for a small animal complete with large picture window on to the world?
The conjuring up of stories and emotions for me makes a simple discarded helmet, art.
Human rubbish artists
For many years human artists have been using discarded waste as a medium for art. One example is Spanish artist Francisco de Pajaro who makes his living building unusual sculptures from rubbish.
The humans however do have a saying that art is in the eye of the beholder.
The recent story of a cleaner who disposed of a piece of artwork in Southern Italy captivated this beautifully.
It is reported that she mistook the crumpled newspaper and cardboard installation, by New York modernist Paul Branca, for garden-variety trash.
If I was to break down headings for rubbish art one could be called accidental art.
This is where objects are placed out of context but as a result create something new and thought provoking.
Plastic cups in mesh is unusual just because it is a sight created possibly by a bored workman sat in his van wondering what to do with his old water cups.
Positioned at window height a number of cups have been squished through a wire fence creating an interesting image to passers by.
Do you have any examples of rubbish art? Maybe you have an image uploaded to Flickr or Instagram. Let me know via the comments area below.
Until next time
Licks and wags