I wrote about an interview I did with Victor last year in Extreme Craft... you can find that piece HERE. After the interview, Victor sent me some amazing slides that he took of one of his best pranks. An animated GIF of the event is above, and the details, excerpted from my earlier piece, are below.
Supposedly, back in the '70s, a collector bought a trompe l'oeil garbage can from a sold out show, then requested that Spinski make some changes to the piece. Spinski agreed, but as he drove the piece from Manhattan back to his studio in Delaware, he started to chafe at the request. He had some issues with his local sanitation company, so he did what any sane person would do. He decided to put the piece out with that night's trash.
Spinski hid out with a camera behind a bush and waited for the garbage truck to arrive. When it finally did, a sanitation worker (who according to Victor looked like he had a pretty rough night of partying) picked up the piece and tried to get the lid off. The lid shattered on the ground, but somehow, this didn't register, and he started whacking it against the corner of the garbage truck until the whole thing shattered, which sobered him up real quick.
Spinski got some classic photos of the whole thing, and the story ended like many of the stories I heard from him... with Victor making a quick exit before somebody beat the shit out of him.
Here is an animated GIF that I made of the sequence of photos Victor took from the bushes. He's definitely going to be missed... but maybe not by this particular sanitation worker.