Bid on Art to Help Keep America Beautiful

April 23, 2012 at 5:10 pm , by

Tanya and Tracy are on board with recycling.

Last week I met with the hilarious and down-to-earth designers Tanya McQueen and Tracy Hutson, otherwise known as The Picker Sisters. (The first season of their show, all about upcycling people’s roadside castoffs into cool designs, aired on Lifetime; they’re currently between seasons.)

Since Tanya and Tracy specialize in turning trash into treasure, they were the perfect ambassadors for Glad’s Mess to Masterpiece Art Auction, benefiting Keep America Beautiful. In honor of Earth Day, Glad asked mosaic artist Jason Mecier to create a few works of art using celebs’ trash, with the resulting animal portraits being auctioned off on eBay. Sounds weird? Well, the results are surprisingly striking. I’m a fan of this slightly angry (but hopefully not rabid) raccoon.

He’s made up of everything from plastic forks to light bulbs that came straight from the trash bags of several actors, including two of my favorites, real-life funny couple Megan Mullally (Breaking In) and Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation).

Right now the raccoon‘s going for just $232. Think of bidding on this as a way less creepy way to own something one of your favorite actors once touched than going rifling through their trash. (And way less likely to get you arrested.) And, of course, the money you spend will help keep our communities cleaner and safer. I think Parks & Rec’s Ron Swanson would approve of that. So get to bidding—the auctions end April 26.