Local artists making an impact on Philadelphia's public spaces with #TrashcanTakeover

Posted by Bigbelly on 8/24/18 7:43 AM

Local Philadelphia artists and advocates joined forces to instill pride in their community and public spaces by way of a #TrashcanTakeover. Motivated by ads that were just too loud in their public spaces, a "collective of Philly creators and marketers [...] banded together to transform 18 of the cans, mostly around Rittenhouse Square, into art displays from local talent" reported Technical.ly Philly.

Photo: ERIC DALE. A photograph by Kelly Smith adorns a Bigbelly can at 15th and Walnut Streets as part of the #TrashcanTakeover campaign.

Photo: ERIC DALE. A photograph by Kelly Smith adorns a Bigbelly can at 15th and Walnut Streets as part of the #TrashcanTakeover campaign.

"The public-art initiative features trashcans in the area between 15th and 19th streets and Chestnut and Latimer," reported the Philly VoiceThe curated artwork includes photographs, digital illustrations, motivational quotes, paintings, graffiti... all of which were created by Philly-based or Philly-born artists. This initiative is backed by Streets Dept. (popular Philly street art blog) founder Conrad Benner, ad agency Rory Creative's founder Brendan Lowry, and City Fitness' VP of Marketing Tom Wingert.

“We’re intentional about how these ads will ultimately impact our community,” said Wingert. "Brendan, Conrad and I see this as an opportunity to challenge all brands to be more conscious of not only what their message is but how that message finds its way into the public eye," Wingert said in a statement.

Check out all the artwork on the Instagram profile, @TrashcanTakeover 

Philly Trashcan Takeover August 2018

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As reported by Billy Penn, the artists featured in the project are:

  1. Marisa Velázquez-Rivas (@marisa.vr): Digital illustration, 19th & Rittenhouse Square
  2. Gianni Lee (@giannilee): Acrylic on oriented strand board, 18th & Locust
  3. Saeed Ferguson (@saeedferguson): Mixed media, 18th & Walnut
  4. Aubrie Costello (@xoaubriecostello): Silk graffiti, 18th & Walnut
  5. Santiago Galeas (@santiagogaleas): Oil painting, 18th & Walnut
  6. Sheldon Abba (@sheldon_incollabwith): Photography, 18th & Chestnut
  7. Nilé Livingston (@nilelivingston): Mixed media, 18th & Chestnut
  8. Najeeb Sheikh (@dasheikee): Illustration, 17th & Chestnut
  9. Alloyius Mcilwaine (@culturesclothing): Spray paint and acrylic, 17th & Sansom
  10. Conrad Benner (@streetsdept): Photography, 17th & Walnut
  11. Vi Vu (@veeeevooo): Mixed media, 17th & Walnut
  12. Amberella (@amberellaxo): Mixed media, 17th & Locust
  13. Brendan Lowry (@brendanlowry): Digital, 17th & Locust
  14. Alex Kuhn (@alexkuhnart): Paint and pyrography,16th & Walnut
  15. Iris Barbee Bonner (@thesepinklips): Acrylic on canvas, Sydenham & Walnut
  16. Kelly Smith (@kellysmithphoto): Photography, 15th & Walnut
  17. Sean Martorana (@seanmartorana): Acrylic, gold enamel and mixed media, 15th & Chestnut
  18. Stefan Suchanec (@stef.c.photo): Photography, 16th & Chestnut

Topics: Smart Waste Benefits, Smart Cities

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