Dumpster Decor

5280.com, December 2015

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Teresa Castaneda has been dumpster diving for nearly four decades, ever since her grandfather encouraged her to forage for scraps on their regular runs to the garbage dump. This, along with a year of homelessness when she was 19, cultivated the Denver artist’s fascination with turning junk into art. The Denver County Fair and the Denver Art Museum have shown Castaneda’s ReArranging Denver, a traveling installation of playgroundlike exhibits made of repurposed trash, and the Denver Art Museum sold her roses (made from empty tissue boxes and Starbucks cups) as part of its recent In Bloom exhibit. We asked the 46-year-old artist to create three do-it-yourself projects for the holidays. Here's what she came up with: