Chances are that nobody is going to make the effort to pick up a New Leaf unless it intrigues them or they think it is attractive. If they don't want it, they are likely to put it back down where they found it. I have returned to planting spots to find the Leaf still there, but not exactly where I left it. Some Leafs wait days or even weeks until the right person sees it and takes it.
I'm not discounting that a New Leaf may wind up in the trash can. But that can happen no matter what kind of art you make or who owns it. Even the Sphinx will eventually fall apart. New Leaf circulates in mysterious ways. If someone throws one in the trash, it may be that some special person finds it there.
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