Walk down any city street. Wonder why your not sifting through knee-high piles of cigarette butts? Thank the street cleaners for that. Puerto Rican artist Jesus Bubu Negron commissioned street cleaners to collect enough cigarette butts to create a carpet made out of the most common piece of city litter.
Presented at the Sharjah Biennale, the rug is composed of pieces of the cigarette butt’s papers layered on top of each other, weaved to create a solid piece of carpet. I really need to start collecting my butts and do something productive with them.