Troy Neiman has turned trash into art.

The Los Reales Landfill has been getting upgrades, and one of them is Neiman’s sculpture, made entirely of recycled materials.

His charge for the public art piece was to use materials that wouldn’t degrade. That led him to incorporate metal, glass bottles, plastic and even tires . Neiman wanted the sculpture to resemble a wave that emulates the landscape of a scrap metal yard.

“You have these huge mountains of metal that might be like 20 feet tall, and then there’s these little items like a bicycle wheel or barbecue grill or something. Even if it’s like mushed up and angled you can kind of spot it,” he says .

He used bird sculptures left over from a previous piece to show the contrast with wildlife.

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