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  • 1. Beautiful Garbage by Thalia Bloom
  • 2. Trash should be beautiful • Found art, a popular form of public art, is about making trash beautiful. • Go straight to the source. • Make disposal beautiful. • Trashcans should be attractive, but also practical and easy to empty.
  • 3. Examples elsewhere: • Singapore has an entire “Trash Island”, turned eco-tourism attraction.
  • 4. • Tokyo also has an extremely systematic and fairly attractive system.
  • 5. But NewYork could do better. • We could have ARTISTIC trashcans. • Specifically, we could have animal trashcans--ones that you would feed trash too. • It should be clear which ones are recycling trash cans and which are not. So signs would have to be obvious. • This could also be an ironic statement about the environment. Humans constantly force animals to eat the waste we dispose of.
  • 6. • “Animal art, unlike other playground surfaces, was almost never damaged by vandals” --Park Commissioner Henry J. Stern • Animal trashcans would provide the same safe atmosphere.
  • 7. Location: Roosevelt Island • Roosevelt Island has essentially no public art. • It has a very pristine atmosphere.
  • 8. Aesthetics• Not too cute • But not grotesque either
  • 9. Ideas I toyed with: • Character cans--possibly too annoying? • “Hi, I’m Pete. I like to eat paper.”
  • 10. • Book characters: like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, or Frog and Toad, byArnold Lobel • This would encourage small children to read, or relate their lives to what they read.
  • 11. • To some, book characters are too trite. • But animal designs that have the same personality and spirit of those book characters could achieve the same affect. • Children enjoy the picturesque trash cans and cleaning up after themselves more, and adults might feel nostalgic and feel safer in a child-friendly environment.

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