Washington DC - (Rubbish Press): An American conceptual artist Chris Goodwin has found a lucrative new way of turning street rubbish into highly marketable art gallery rubbish with his "trashballs" creation.
Goodwin is delighted to have fooled uberchic Manhattan gallery owners into marketing his artforms and has even won fans in Washington DC by encasing bits of crap in plastic spheres and selling them from gumball machines for 25 cents each.
His PR agency says his trashballs are "partly a social statement" and partly desperation measures in the time-honored artworld tradition of money for old rope.
Promotional literature has stunned art conoisseurs with the simplicity of his plot:
"Anyone who buys a trashball should think about what the secret history of this object is, and where it's been and how it was used and how it came to end up on a sidewalk," Mr Goodwin says.
This has prompted many CIA veternas to wonder if UK-sourced WMD intelligence dossiers that lead to the 2003 invasion of Iraq are the primary fodder for his crapballs.
Goodwin says he scours trash heaps across DC in search of the perfect piece for his next creation.
"What I'm looking for now is 2008 White House campaign speeches by Governor Mitt Romney, Senator Hillary Clinton, Barrack Obama's official memoirs and anything that John McCain has ever touched in his life.
"It's all pure, pure crap and I wish to grow immensely rich by immortalising it forever."