Wallpapered Dumpsters: A Sight for Sore Eyes?

wallpapered dumpsters
Photos via C. Finley

There's nothing unsightlier than a graffiti emblazoned dumpster, filled to the brim with all manner of trash--a common sight in cities across a world which produces so much of the stuff. The griminess of the dumpster, for some, is such that it immediately endows whatever objects may be placed inside it with the same unappealing, valueless quality--a fallacy recently highlighted with the discovery of how some retailers dispose of their unsold products. One artist is hoping to change this perception of dumpsters by beautifying them with wallpaper, to surprising effect. Perhaps by recasting these urban-eyesores as objects of, dare I say, inspiration, our attitudes towards what fills them will change as well.According to the artist Christine Finley:

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.

She's already brought her colorful project, Wallpapered Dumpsters, to New York and Los Angeles--and is planning on continuing her work in cities throughout Europe this year.

wallpapered dumpsters in new york photo

The Idea May Be Catching On
For those who liked the idea and want to do it themselves, Christine gives go ahead and intends to soon create a video teaching her technique of how to beautify the dumpster, reports BBC Brasil, though other Web sites discuss the topic as well.


I love when people take an idea and re-create it. That's one of the great things about art -- you can beg, borrow and steal. There are no rights or copyrights. It's all free.

While striving for a more sustainable, environmentally responsible future may require investments in green innovation and the commitment of governments, so much of it also relies on a paradigm shift in our attitudes towards waste and reusability. Sure, dumpster diving will probably never be an Olympic sport, but maybe something as simple as a beautiful dumpster will make us think differently about what we put in it.

More on Redefining the Dumpster
Brooklyn's Dumpster Swimming Pools Coming to a Strip Mall Near You
Freeganism: The Art of Dumpster Diving
At IIDEX: Dumpster-Diving Design Students

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