The Dumpster Project

Brooklyn-based artist Mac Premo has archived much of his life through collected objects. He is about to move to a smaller studio, which means he needs to say goodbye to a lot of his stuff. He will do so by using them as the raw material for one enormous collage, created inside a 30-yard dumpster. And before he is starting to work on that giant piece, he is going to photograph around 400 of these objects and display them, accompanied by a brief history of each item over at

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  1. I admire Mac Premo’s work. The images on The Dumpster Project blog are beautifully done…. simple and striking. Looking forward to seeing the finished project in the dumpster.

    I have collected similar keepsake items throughout my life as many of us have… sitting in boxes in my basement. Like Mac, moving forces me to thin this stuff out… but I can’t quite get rid of the things with sentimental value. His blog and catalogue of his sentimental items give him the best of both worlds. He gets to keep his memories and get rid of the stuff. Great idea!

  2. Very creative ways to recycle and use what some would consider junk. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, or better yet workshop. Mac, you are truly a collector of treasures.

  3. LOL! Loved the ending of the video, “I simply have to throw away all of this s…”. I was just thinking that this would be a great collaboration opportunity for ‘clutterheads’ aka hoarders – they would feel more at ease letting go of their stuff if they knew it was going to be used in a beautiful way to tell their story in the form of a collage.