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Artist finds treasure in Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's trash

October 5, 2011 |  2:37 pm

XVALA, the anonymous artist who focuses on celebrity and pop culture pieces that he refers to as "Tabloid Art," has been diving in Silicon Valley dumpsters, rifling through the trash of Apple's Steve Jobs, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Google's Larry Page and Sergey Brin and Twitter's Jack Dorsey to create sculptures.

The "Dumpster Diving Silicon" sculptures will be displayed online and in gallery shows, according to Cory Allen Contemporary Art. The trash that XVALA uncovered ranged from empty booze bottles to spreadsheets.

The first of the series, "Mark Zuckerberg's Not Very Well Hung Hanger," features a wire coat hanger taken from Zuckerberg's trash can. XVALA bent the hanger by hand to show Zuckerberg's "manhood" and painted it blue, the color of Facebook's logo.

"I wanted to 'expose' Zuckerberg like he exposes Facebook users, daily," XVALA said in a news release.

XVALA gained notoriety by turning Scarlett Johannsson's hacked nude photos into street art and putting "Fear Google" stickers over her private parts. The idea here is to build something out of the personal castoffs from these entrepreneurs who have built their businesses on collecting users' personal information.

"Facebook has the potential to air everyone's dirty laundry –- and does," Cory Allen said in the news release. "XVALA is making that comment by having fun with Zuckerberg by showing the world his personal trash in a provocative and artistic way."


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Photo: Artist XVALA sifted through the Mark Zuckerberg's trash to create a pop culture sculpture. Credit: