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German Artist Gives New Meaning To ‘Trashy Hotel’

German Artist Gives New Meaning To ‘Trashy Hotel’

A five-bedroom hotel built of trash is open and ready for business in Madrid, Spain. The walls of the Beach Garbage Hotel are covered with detritus deposited by the tide in Europe, waste found at dumps and items bought at flea markets (BBC News).
For decades, people have been wondering what to do about the massive amount of waste floating around in our oceans and rivers. German artist Ha Schult decided to build the “Beach Garbage Hotel” as a way to highlight the sheer magnitude of ocean pollution.

The hotel is part of Corona’s Save The Beach campaign, and can be seen in Madrid’s central Plaza de Callao as part of the city’s hosting of the International Tourism Fair (Fitur). reports: “The insides of the hotel are simple and lack luxuries common in most hotels. Toilets are considered eco-friendly and there are no showers. Guests staying in the hotel will be provided with actual furniture so there will be no need to worry about sleeping on a trash bag for a pillow.”

“We wanted to show what our holidays could become if we don’t clean our beaches,” spokeswoman Rosa Piqueras said of the garbage hotel project. Piqueras confirmed that 30-40 percent of the garbage was picked form beaches in Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

Although the Beach Garbage Hotel will only be around for a few more days, this isn’t the first time Ha Schult has used trash for artistic inspiration. Schult’s ‘Trash People’ exhibit, featuring 1,000 life sized human forms made of garbage, has been featured in major cities all over the world.

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Image Credit: Corona Save The Beach

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Love the creativity!

6:48AM PDT on Aug 29, 2012

Does require more tolerance than splurs.


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6:09AM PDT on Nov 1, 2011

Great Idea!! Thanks for sharing!

3:11PM PDT on Oct 30, 2011

Wow, thanks for sharing!

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9:59AM PST on Jan 25, 2011

thanks for sharing

6:37AM PST on Jan 25, 2011

lets hope people tak a look at what he is saying

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