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01/20/2011 08:35 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Madrid's Beach Garbage Hotel Constructed To Protest World's Dirty Oceans (PHOTOS)

A brand new hotel has opened in Madrid's city center made entirely of waste, according to the Agence France Presse.

The walls of the Beach Garbage Hotel, the brainchild of German artist Ha Schult, is made of materials found in landfills, the beaches and even flea markets (see photos of old guitars, socks, even balloons below).

The five-room hotel, located in Plaza de Callao, was constructed to coincide with the annual International Tourism Fair held in Madrid.

"I created the Beach Garbage Hotel because the oceans of our planet are the biggest garbage dump," Schult told the Agence France Presse. Roughly 30-40% of the objects used for the hotel were found on the beaches of Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain (the dirtiest beaches were apparently in southern Italy).

Don't get too comfortable with the idea of a garbage hotel, though: The property closes on January 23rd.

Also, coincidentally in Madrid, sits Don Justo Martinez's cathedral, a 50-year old structure built entirely from local materials.

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