Turning the pages of a discarded copy of this morning's Metro, the throwaway freebie for London's early morning commuters, what did the IPKat find but a feature on rubbish as art. The page 3 article (sadly Metro has no website) reports on the sale by Justin Gignac of sealed transparent plastic cubes containing such items as discarded theatre tickets, sweet wrappers, parking tickets and coffee cups. Each cube, which is signed and numbered, is sold for £13.50 and Mr Gignac is reported to have sold more than 500 of them.

Once again, the IPKat wonders whether the lofty laws of copyright can stoop so low as to protect each individual cube against such activities as unauthorised copying -- and what might be the measure of damages if such copying took place?

Gignac's website and sample cubes
High quality rubbish art here, here and here
Make your own rubbish art here
Who'd like to be an art gallery cleaner?
WHAT A LOAD OF RUBBISH! WHAT A LOAD OF RUBBISH! Reviewed by Jeremy on Monday, November 08, 2004 Rating: 5


  1. A very mundane comment, I'm afraid: www.metro.co.uk, but it usually contains little of interest. By which I mean, it contains rather less of interest than the paper does!

  2. Thanks, Peter, for your correction. Did you find the website somewhere in the small print? I tried searching online but must have had a Bad Google Day.


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