Once again my search for the odd and illusive taxonomies have resulted in a treasure. “Taxonomy of trash” was brought to us by Philly.com and it didn’t fail to entertain and intrigue me.

We have all heard the saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” and that may apply to not just the subject of this taxonomy, but this taxonomy itself. Others may not find the joy in these special little gems like I do; they are my treasures. This particular trash is sound, video, biology, and photography subjects.

The idea for “The Taxonomy of Trash” was proposed in October of 2011 when Tim Eads, local artist and project technician/printer at The Fabric Workshop and Museum, was invited to join the Recycled Artists in Residency (RAIR). He called on friends to help him with his self-described “analytical approach to garbage.”

I am a thrift store, second-hand store, “junk” store-a-holic, so upcycling, reusing, and repurposing makes me smile.

Melody K. Smith

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