Park Ranger Paints on Recovered Rubbish

Artist and Park Ranger Mariah Reading has made a habit out of repurposing trash she finds in areas she patrols. Using these found objects as a canvas, she’s depicted the setting sun, wildflowers, stone-covered shores, swimming sea lions, mountain ranges and more. She’s turned these into an Instagram post series called #LandscapesNotLandfills, which surprises with each entry. Details from nature follow the indents of a bike helmet, waves wash down the sides of a discarded Croc shoe, rivers unfold on a flip-flop. Reading tells Atlas Obscura that while she’s retrieving the trash to better the environment, crafting stories for discarded objects proves equally as satisfying. Read more at Atlas Obscura.

Image courtesy of Mariah Reading