New York Sanitation worker Nelson Molina has over 20 years created the world’s first museum of trash:
Though he gets plenty of help digging for garbage gold, it is Mr. Molina, and only Mr. Molina, who decides what is worthy of display, who makes the frames and who puts them up. He has no grand theories about what qualifies, he said, only his gut. Asked whether something had to be aesthetically pleasing, he laughed and pointed to a bedraggled stuffed raccoon housed inside a bright purple cage. Mr. Molina is partial to a shelf in the locker room cluttered with small porcelain teapots, and to a scrawl of “Become Your Dream,” penned, he said, by the artist De La Vega.