These Pieces Of Trash Are Actually Carved From Wood

To protest our rampant commercialism and consumerism, some people choose to celebrate “buy nothing” days. Others live their lives off the grid. And then there’s artist Tom Pfannerstill, who chooses to voice his social criticism in the form of pieces of wood that’ve been carved and painted to resemble everyday street trash.

His series From The Street is made up of trompe l’oeil depictions of actual objects he stumbles across while out and about. It’s meant to speak to the effectiveness of marketing in the modern era, while serving as, in Pfannerstill’s words, “a tiny part of the fossil record, a small archeological artifact.” Mostly, though, we’re stunned that they aren’t actually pieces of trash mounted to a wall. Or are they?

We picked out a few of our favorites.


Case of Pabst Blue Ribbon, or “PBR,” if you’re not insane. 

Coffee for two.

Can I get a light?

Running on empty here.

I’d like to buy the world a piece of Coke trash. 

I’m too taste this chicken. 

Bring me some peanuts first.

Math homework, nuke codes, or NFL playbook? 

Heeeeere fishy fishy.

Paint thinner. Okay.  

King of Trash.

SpongeBob. SquarePants. You got a prob with SquarePants?

Roll Tide.

The zoo called, you’re due back by nine. 

Joe McGauley is a senior editor at Supercompressor. He typically ignores trash, because it’s gross.