Sometimes I make packages out of things that I find on my walks. I shouldn't be surprised that people are slobs, willing to throw away anything on the street. So when I pick up some interesting junk, I feel that I'm doing my bit for society.
Landscape guys apparently don't bother to pick up the ends of weed-whacker cord when they run out and need a new cord.
Lots of pencils are thrown away on the street, especially near schools. Most of the dowels were part of an art project that somebody had pitched near a school. And the red sticks were firecrackers, found on the park road on the Fifth of July.
I make abstract art -- usually with a needle but sometimes with a pen, brush or camera, scissors and glue, pliers and wirecutters, whatever is there. I have a husband, two sons, seven sewing machines, a big messy studio and lots of other people's art. Life is good!