Wallpaper Dumpsters

I am a huge fan of guerrilla gardening, or any form of art which makes communities and discarded or ‘ugly’ structures look beautiful, so this project immediately caught my attention. Wallpaper dumpsters are the brainchild of artist Christine Finley who believes the decorative dumpsters are ‘polite graffiti’, which I think is a great way of summing up her work. They are starting to appear in a number of places, such as New York, Los Angeles and Rome and Finley is aiming to wallpaper dumpsters and rubbish receptacles in various cities throughout Europe in 2010. You can’t deny that these made-over dumpsters look a heck of a lot nicer than the plain, rusty dumpsters and rubbish bins on our streets. Christine Finley talks about the aims of the project saying –  ‘Wallpapered Dumpsters transform environmental activism into unexpected beauty. I like to think of these interventions as polite graffiti. This project is an inquiry into urban waste, free art, and notions of femininity, beauty and domesticity’.

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