Beauty is certainly in the eye of the beholder – but I don’t think there is any denying the beauty of Vik Muniz’ images. In his award winning documentary, “Wasteland” released just a few years ago, Muniz returns to his homeland of Brazil with the idea to highlight the plight of the trash/recyclable sorters at the Jardim Gramacho, a massive dump & landfill site outside of Rio – and show the world how beauty can be found in the most unexpected places. Muniz used the “catadores” (trash pickers) to assist him in assembling the work & donated all the proceeds of the arts auction to those in the Jardim. By using these people as his sitters – he captures their spirit, their dignity, their sacrifice, & their sadness. Muniz reminds us that art has a purpose beyond being something pretty to look at; past being controversial. Art can venerate, it can provide hope & restore humanity.