The spirit of NYC Trash!

Bernard Klevickas ,mirrored branch, to be installed at the City Reliquary, photo courtesy of the artist

In conjunction with the City Reliquary museum ‘s current exhibition “NYC Trash!: Past, Present, & Future Sculpture Garden,” the Reliquary’s backyard garden will inhabit site specific artworks by ten local artists who are utilizing trash as art material.  The opening reception will be on Saturday, April 7th, at 12pm. 
“The spirit of NYC Trash!” reinforces the notion that trash should be reused, as manifested in the wide array of fabricated art made from refuse and found objects on display. Through the use of trash as art, NYC Trash!: Past, Present, & Future Sculpture Garden highlights the need for on-going conversation about our waste problem, especially in a metropolis like New York City.

Niki Lederer, Controlled Burn, photo courtesy of the artist
Niki Lederer, Rapunzel, photo courtesy of the artist

During the April 7th opening, the Wildlife Conservation Corps (WCC) will screen 2 Lost Soles, a film about the urgency of conservation, and poet Jacqueline Ottman will read from her book “If Trash Could Talk.”

Artists include Bernard Klevickas (sculptures made from salvaged bicycle parts); Niki Lederer (colorful repurposed plastic turned into hanging pieces); Barbara Lubliner (Plastic Bottle Succulent Garden); Jeffrey Allen Price (making site-specific sculptures out of the by-products of art and life); Claudia Sbrissa (artwork inspired by landscapes); Tyrome Tripoli (sculpture representative of life journey and discovery); and Debbie Ullman (an urban intervention aimed at stimulating community engagement and interaction). An official DSNY garbage truck will be parked outside the museum to allow the public to get up close and personal with New York’s trash removal devices.


Barbara Lubliner, Plastic Bottle Succulent Garden and Artie, photo courtesy of the artist and The city Reliquary
Tyrome Salvatore Tripoli, photo courtesy of the artist
Bernard Klevickas, Twisted Bike 2, photo courtesy of the artist

The City Reliquary  is a not-for-profit community museum and civic organization located in Williamsburgh, Brooklyn. Through rotating exhibits of community collections, and annual cultural events, The City Reliquary connects visitors to both the past and present of New York City.

Trash Show,  The City Reliquary, April 7th, noon, 370 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY