Posts Tagged ‘decorative dumpster day’

Trash Cam Carries On

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Trash Cams—pinhole cameras constructed by German binmen out of dumpsters—were easily my favorite finding of Decorative Dumpster Day last year.

Photo by  by Mirko Derpmann via Flickr

Photo by by Mirko Derpmann via Flickr

So I was delighted to be reminded of the project by a recent unconsumption post. The project’s Flickr page hosts a number of wonderful images including an adorable folder called The Tonnographers comprised of photos of the men taking photos with dumpsters; as well as the eery, arty pinhole images they captured.

Photo by by Michael Pfohlmann, Christoph Blaschke and Mirko Derpmann via Flickr

Photo by by Michael Pfohlmann, Christoph Blaschke and Mirko Derpmann via Flickr

I just love the photo captions noting the type of camera as a “1.100 litre garbage container.”

Dumpster (Flesh with Turquoise Swoosh) #DDD12

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

I thought Decorative Dumpster Day was over, but then this evening, while flipping through an art magazine, I discovered this magnificent piece by the Japanese-born, LA-based artist Kaz Oshiro.

Kaz Oshiro's Dumpster (Flesh with Turquoise Swoosh) 2011

The photo appeared in the fabulous Walker Art Center‘s monthly magazine as part of a feature on a new show called Lifelike. According to the Walker website, “Lifelike invites a close examination of artworks based on commonplace objects and situations, which are startlingly realistic, often playful, and sometimes surreal.”

Check out an interview with the painter/sculptor here. My favorite bit is Oshiro discussing his choice of media:

If you know the construction of a painting, you have a wood frame and you stretch canvas over it. So that structure is kind of important, and you can’t really go beyond that. The objects I’m making are boxes. If you see the conventional painting frame, it’s kind of thin. But in my case, wood stretcher bars become a box and then I stretch canvas over it.

I’ve been making trash bins and dumpsters for awhile. Sometimes I’m not sure why. Somehow I’m really attracted to it. You see dumpsters everywhere in the United States on the street. I drive around town. In LA, I have to drive everywhere. Somehow I always see things on the street, and everything’s coming from my memory.

Why I paint them? First of all, I like the shape of the metal big box. You see all kinds of marks on it. The [form of the] dumpster allows me to paint the way abstract painters do. That’s one of the things I like about painting dumpsters. To me, it’s existing between representation and abstract painting.

Dumpster Cameras #DDD12

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Perhaps my favorite decorated dumpster story of all time is this one via inhabitat. German trash collectors turned dumpsters into pinhole cameras to take stunning photos.

Dumpster camera

It’s a twist on decorating a dumpster, rather than dressing it up, they transformed waste receptacles into beauty-making machines.

Photo taken by dumpster

Decorative Dumpster Day 2012!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

May 1st is Decorative Dumpster Day. Each year, my colleagues in trash Little Shiva and Ruby Re-usable  and I take a day to post photos of and reflect upon the containers in which we store our waste. Today our sites, The Visible Trash Society and Olympia Dumpster Divers will share links from our own collections and maybe a few from around the blogosphere. Happy DDD!

Decorative Dumpster Day Roundup

Monday, May 2, 2011

DDD 2011

So, to recap:

Thanks to all the DDD posters and to unconsumption and Art for Housewives for celebrating with us!

Decorative Dumpster Day #2: Mac Premo’s Dumpster Project

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Remember the dumpster video I shared a couple weeks back? (Thanks, Rebecca for sending this my way).

Well, I was so intrigued by The Dumpster Project that I looked the artist and asked for an interview. It turns out his studio is just around the corner from global headquarters in Brooklyn. More to come from that conversation (I am en route to Peru today and can’t access my notes).

In the meantime, track The Dumpster Project online. Displaced from his studio, artist Mac Premo decided to catalog and meticulously curate an autobiographical dumpster encompassing the myriad sentimental objects he has collected over his lifetime as a collage artist, animator, commercial director, carpenter, father and all-around pack rat.

Examples of objects to be dumpstered include:

One of his daughter Frieda's first shoes

And a bandage from the time he tore off a fingernail.

Premo plans to construct his dumpster for optimal public viewing and is currently documenting each piece to go in it on the blog. The piece will either tour the country or be left out for trash collection. Regardless of what the future holds, we LOVE this project at and will be tracking its progress regularly. To see Premo’s autobiographical collection of objects, New Yorkers can stop by during the annual Atlantic Avenue Art Walk, June 4 and 5.

Happy Decorative Dumpster Day, trashies!

Decorative Dumpster Day: #1 Dumpster Bienniel

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Today is Decorative Dumpster Day—a day to examine the sometimes elaborate containers we use to store our waste—hosted by Olympia Dumpster Divers, Visible Trash and

Other participating blogs this year include Brooklyn Spaces, unconsumption, Lady Bug Circus, La Joie de Vivre, Beth Evans-Ramos, and Art for Housewives. Check them out!


There are just too many decorative dumpsters to contain to a single post, so is celebrating #DDD2011 in a couple installments. #1 is The Dumpster Biennale, an exhibition of customized wooden dumpsters in Australia. The show was part of the Street Dreams Urban Art Festival not this year, but last.

Dumpster Biennale

The dumpsters were little. And adorable. And a perfect fit for #DDD201. Check out this collection of photos on Facebook, and these images here on Flickr via witness 1.

The Dumpster Project

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

A friend sent me a link to this video today, but I don’t know which one because it arrived as a somewhat generic Vimeo link. Thanks, friend.

The artist’s website can be found here. Also, this reminds me that May 1st is Decorative Dumpster Day 2011.


Save the date, it’s going to be good.

Pimp my bin

Monday, March 7, 2011

Attn: Ruby Re-Usable and Little Shiva. Looks like there are some folks in the UK we need to recruit to participate Decorative Dumpster Day 2011. I found this link, then Googled “pimp my bin” and discovered a wealth of hits like the YouTube video below. Amazing.


Decorative Dumpster Day 2011

Monday, January 17, 2011

Mark your calendars, trashies. Decorative Dumpster Day 2011 will take place on May 1st across the garblogosphere.


In case you forgot, DDD is the biennial holiday during which we take a moment to think about where we are depositing our waste by posting photos on blogs of decorated trash receptacles. Here are some links to the inaugural event. Logo by Little Shiva of the Visible Trash Society who, along with Ruby Re-Usable of Olympia Dumpster Divers and co-founded this special day. Pass it on and start taking photos.

Polite graffiti

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Decorative Dumpster Day came a little early to NYC when “polite graffiti” artist Finley swung by to wallpaper some trash receptacles.

Courtesy photos

Trashtastic. Thanks for the tip, Erica.

Late breaking dumpsters

Monday, May 11, 2009

You know why I loved Decorative Dumpster Day? Because it gave me a festive sense of community and solidarity among garbloggers.Thanks again to all who participated in this international extravaganza. And start collecting decorative dumpster images for next year!

ddd-loFor those who missed the first annual adventure in group blogging about trash receptacles, here’s the roundup. Co-organizer and DDD logo designer Little Shiva was traveling and without solid internet connection on May 1, here’s her late breaking submission à la française.

Be sure to also check out MS the Younger‘s 3-part entry on the lack of decorated dumpsters in Japan at MadSilence here, here and here.

Happy Decorative Dumpster Day!

Friday, May 1, 2009

ddd-loIt’s here! It’s finally here! Here’s an early roundup of the gorgeous decorative dumpster images found around the garblogosphere today:

More to come as participants send in their links. Stay tuned. And send your dumpster pics—today and every day.

UPDATE: MadSilence joins the party with a post on the art of the dumpster.

UPDATE: Gutter Envy in the house!

P.S. Special shout out to the Yanbukis, we hope you’re documenting the dumpsters you decorate today!

P.P.S. DDD logo by Little Shiva of The Visible Trash Society.

Outdoor random decorated dumpsters

Friday, May 1, 2009

Maria Ferm was kind to share two more deco dumpster pix she shot last summer. You have to love the gold bus stop dumster (that usually comes in something close to “coniferous forest green”).

Decorative dumpster at bus stop, Malmö

Decorative dumpster at bus stop, Malmö

Container used by kiosks to return unsold tabloids, pimped

Container used by kiosks to return unsold tabloids, pimped

STHLM Underground Deco Dumpsters

Friday, May 1, 2009

At two of my favourite stops on the underground back in Stockholm, Zinkensdamm and Hornstull (pronounce that in English), magnificent work has been done by someone or somebody, seriously competing with the original art that came with the station (to read more about the art, go here).

These pics come courtesy of Hanna Hård, generally excellent word nerd and co-editor of Swedish feminist blog Vi Som Aldrig Sa Sexist, and Maria Ferm, pizza expert and co-spokesperson for Green Youth, the Youth League of Swedish opposition party The Greens (and yes Maria also blogs).

Decorative dumpster Hornstull

Decorative dumpster Hornstull

Decorative dumpster Zinkensdamm

Decorative dumpster Zinkensdamm

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