NYC Garbage For Sale

"One man's garbage is another man's treasure. But New York City's garbage, well, that's art."

This is artist Justin Gignac's prelude to his brilliant concept in package design, NYC Garbage.

What began as a bet with a friend at an ad agency has turned into a mini boon for Gignac, who says on his website he has so far sold 1,300 clear lucite boxes containing nothing but authentic New York City garbage (and odorless, according to Brokelyn). One such box could contain a crumpled MetroCard, a Starbucks straw or a discarded photo.

Each box is tied to a specific locale, whether it's Rivington or Yankee Stadium, and generally goes for $50 a box (not counting the $100 special edition box from Obama's Inauguration).

Apart from its irreverent genius, maybe it's a good way to really clean up the city. Thanks for buying, strange international denizens of the art world!