10/18/2011 10:51 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

'British Rubbish': Turning Trash Into Art

Trash doesn't have to be garbage.

When examining human waste, artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster decided to make something out of what they call the "vulgarity of advanced consumerism." Since 1996, they've turned trash to treasure by making sculptures that reflect human mortality, love and hope through silhouettes of what otherwise seem like random trash heaps.

The resultant sculptures are both horrible and beautiful. We've selected some of the most amazing images from a new book of that anthologizes their work, including some beautiful examples of 'trash art'. The book is called "British Rubbish" (Rizzoli, $65) and is available now.

Can garbage be beautiful? Could you make art out of your household garbage? Let us know in the comments!