Edmonton Puts Art on Their Garbage Trucks
Edmonton garbage trucks will soon be unique in Canada as they follow the lead of Philadelphia in the United States where ten garbage trucks were wrapped in art in 2009 and received successful reviews.
Edmonton is taking advantage of the Per Cent for Art that allocates one percent of a municipal project to acquire artwork to be publicly displayed. Panels of the same art will be placed on a new operations building at the Integrated Services Facilities Northeast Kennedale Complex.
“We really wanted to not only create some fun and interest but also some awareness on the wonderful waste management system that Edmonton has,’ says John Mahon, EAC executive director.
Six garbage trucks will be wrapped in art costing $9,000 each and will be rolling through the city streets within the next few months so that onlookers can appreciate what happens to their garbage. The three artists who were put through a rigorous process selected by a jury at the Edmonton Arts Council are Jeff Chan, David Goulden and Karen Campos.