Turning junk into art

Here’s how one Queens artist is dealing with the large amount of abandon bicycles spread around the city: making planters.

From the New York Times/NY Region section:

When Wheels Pile Up: Plant a Bike; Save the City

by: Neil Genzlinger
Published: September 2, 2011

20110902-081808.jpg(photo by: Eric Michael Johnson)

In 1880, New York City removed 15,000 dead horses from its streets, the historians Joel Tarr and Clay McShane wrote in an essay called “The Centrality of the Horse to the Nineteenth-Century American City.” Horse carcasses, they added, were sometimes dumped with garbage into the bays or the rivers, often floating there or washing up on beaches”.

In the late 1860s, a dock stood at the foot of West 38th Street, the essay continued. From there, the carcasses of horses as well as other dead animals and offal from the city’s slaughter houses was either dumped in the bay or sent to a rendering plant.

Read the rest here.

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