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    #TRASHCANTAKEOVER Turns Ads Into Art

    Anything can be turned into public art — even trash cans.

    That’s what Philly’s artists believe. And if you’ve seen a new image or two plastered on a bin, then you’ve stumbled across the #trashcantakeover initiative.

     The movement began, like many do, with outright anger. Conrad Brenner of the Street Dept blog wrote a post in June blasting the city for the ads that seemed to dominate almost every trash can ad space in Center City: Gary Barbera Autoland hawking its “Cheap Jeeps.” To Brenner, they cheapened Philly’s public spaces.

     But on Aug. 19, he took to his blog to announce an intervention: Philly artists would be replacing the ads with their uplifting and socially minded work.

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    Art by Santiago Galeas / Photo courtesy of Street Dept 

     “What can happen when we replace ads with art?” he asked in the post. “When we use our public spaces to center less on consumerism and more on the human experience? I think these are questions worth asking.”

     According to Benner, the idea itself for the project belongs to Brendan Lowry (of popular Peopledelphia instagram account) and is being funded by City Fitness. It will be up through September 18.

     Take a self-guided tour of the work with this map or check out photos of all the work here!

    Featured image: Art by Marisa Velázquez-Rivas Photo courtesy of Street Dept 




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    Brianna Baker

    About Brianna Baker

    Brianna is a senior journalism major Temple University. While studying abroad in Fall 2017, she interned at WHERE Rome magazine, and has also worked for Baltimore STYLE, QWERTY Philly, and student publications like Templar, The Temple News and 14th Street. In addition to writing, she loves re-watching her favorite sitcoms, going to concerts, and doing yoga (when she’s not feeling too lazy).

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