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beer cans, wires, and a wheel trim

Can you guess what it is?

What on earth could it be? From here it just looks like a collection of pipes and tubes....hmm, what else is there....is that a broom? Bits of wood.....

OK, so now we have a basketball, and what looks like some beer cans......any the wiser?

From here we can see a load more beer cans, wires, a wheel trim and, among other things, a circuit board......

Got it?

No, it's not a new product from Microsoft......

....that's right, it's.......


But it's also a bit more than that.

Here's another clue....

Osaka's main river, the Yodogawa.

Yes, all that rubbish is part of Aqua Metropolis Osaka 2009, where the city's rivers have been revitalised by getting all the crap out of them. This has then been used to make some rather fetching sculptures....

a rubbish fish in osaka

This little number was made with rubbish pulled from the Yodogawa and Osaka Bay.

I guess it's a celebration of all the gunk people throw in, for without it, this wonderful piece of art could never have been created.

So when it comes to garbage, we can conclude that the people of Osaka either:

a) religiously recycle it, separate it, and carefully divide it between boxes, bags and bins marked for burnables, non-burnables, plastics, non-plastics, cans, bottles, non-bottles, PET bottles, glass bottles, ten green bottles, paper, card, electrical equipment, magazines and newspapers,


b) chuck it in the river

If it does go in the river, this is what may come out - a kind of mutant man-eating bevvied-up beer-canned underwater monster, seen below as it was caught in the act of devouring its final victim....

Whoever was wearing this jacket got a nasty surprise when they opted for b)
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On Sunday, 04 October, 2009, Anonymous Simon D said:

A load of rubbish? A new product from Microsoft? Call me a mac lover but what's the difference?  

On Monday, 05 October, 2009, Anonymous downundersugarglider said:

fantastic post!
although I have to admit - it's a bit of a shame with regard to how it came about  

On Monday, 05 October, 2009, Anonymous Invader_Stu said:

Or maybe it's really a kind of snow ball affect and underneath all that there is a one tiny fish who slowly got covered in the rubbish over time.  

On Tuesday, 06 October, 2009, Anonymous Scotty.VOR said:

Ah, this really speaks to me: "Don't fly-tip in the river or we'll be back next year with even more hideous monstrosi...err, modern art."

Whoa, is that an alarm clock for an eye? I can understand hating your alarm in the morning, but throwing it into Osaka bay...?  

On Tuesday, 06 October, 2009, Blogger owenandbenjamin said:

There's a lot of good stuff in there. I bet that basketball still has some life left in it.  

On Wednesday, 07 October, 2009, Anonymous Patrick said:

I think the blue poofy jacket is a nice touch. I can't imagine chucking a jacket into the river.  

On Monday, 12 October, 2009, Anonymous EmpressK said:

Plenty of yellow stuff there. Wonder what it used to be. Maybe they need to do a statistical analysis on what things they throw most into the river. Goes for the more serious population as opposed to the artsy one.  

On Monday, 12 October, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said:

All those yellow things are beer cans.  

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