Looks like trash: Cleaner in Italy throws artworks worth thousands in bin



An Italian cleaner accidentally threw the contemporary pieces of art worth thousands of pounds in the bin.

The cleaner, in southern Italy, was said to be ‘just doing her job’ when she thought two artworks, supposed to be part of an exhibition, were rubbish left behind by those setting up the show.

Organisers of the exhibition said one of the pieces of art she threw away included pieces of cookies, which were scattered on the floor, as part of an artistic arrangement.

The cleaning company has said it will use its insurance to pay for the artworks, which have been valued at £8,220 (10,000 euros).
It is not the first time a piece of contemporary art has been mistaken for rubbish.

In 2001, bosses at London’s Eyesto’rm gallery had to rescue a work by artist Damien Hirst from a bin after cleaners threw it away mistaking it for rubbish.