Images via Designboom
One way to collect the medium for your next project is to simply find it on the street, as many artists using reclaimed object do. But an even easier way is to get other people already doing the work to hand over to you what they find. That's the case with Puerto Rican artist Jesus Bubu Negron who roped street cleaners into collecting cigarette butts so he could make the rug shown above. Designboom states, "The art project was presented at the Sharjah Biennale documenting the street cleaners at work and helpers fabricating the carpet. The carpet itself uses the paper of the cigarettes unrolled and layered on top of each other. The design utilizes the yellow and white pieces from the paper to create a pattern similar to a woven textile rug."
It's amazing what some artists are able to create from what is considered garbage. For instance, there's Jane Perkins creates the most amazing portraits out of trash, and San Francisco even filled an entire gallery with incredible art pieces all made from landfill-bound items.
It just goes to show that even when it comes to cigarette butts, "trash" is really just raw materials in the wrong place.