Garbage To Gold: Captivating Art Appears From Trash Heap

Lauren Burgoon
Trash turns to treasure before your eyes at this eye-popping French installation.

Next time you nonchalantly stroll past a garbage pile, you might want to take a closer look. You never know what wonderful work of art could be hiding there. 

A jumble of junk -- a discarded violin here, twisted metal scraps there -- at the Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval in France looks like, well, a pile of junk when viewing from the side. 

Walk around, though, and you're in for a treat. The garbage suddenly transforms into a clear sculpture of a soldier. 

The trash-to-treasure artwork is the brainchild of Bernard Prashat. 

The artwork's home has its own interesting back story. The Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval isn't a palace at all, but a three-decade project by a French postman who slowly amassed enough stones to create a most unusual "palace."

Like the soldier artwork it houses, the palace is a must-see spot in France: