Mysterious creations saved from dumpsters and disasters

Photo of the 2011 GARNER Arts collapse during Hurricane by Irene by Cathy McErlean-Goddard.

She was an impoverished descendent of nobility who could be spotted picking up glass, wood, bones and other discards along the roadside. With them, she created groundbreaking artworks. A triumphant retrospective was wrecked by flooding, as seen in the above photo by Cathy McErlean-Goddard.

Photo by Peter Moore © Northwestern University

Sari Dienes crossed paths with Yoko Ono, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, John Cage and other avant-guard luminaries. Yet upon her death, her work was tossed into dumpsters. Here’s the strange tale of her surprising re-emergence, decades after her death.

Published by Robert Brum

Writer/editor/storyteller, bicyclist and hiker roaming the Hudson Valley on two feet and two wheels. Brum as in drum; not Blum or Broom.

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