Painting the Town!
Selected local artists and artist teams were busy Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016 painting up the town for the city’s first Dumpster Art public art project. This project, which is a collaboration between the City of Valdosta, Valdosta Main Street and the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts, transformed the otherwise unsightly downtown dumpsters into public pieces of art in four different downtown locations.
Dumpster Art Sites
The public was able to watch the beautiful works of art at the following sites:
- Dumpster/Compactor, McKey Street parking lot
- Valdosta City Hall, parking lot
- Valdosta City Hall Annex, parking lot
- Turner Center for the Arts, parking lot
A fifth dumpster is being painted during the week of Sept. 19-23 by Dewar Elementary School's Art Exploration program. The youth's version of VanGogh's Starry Night with a Valdosta Twist will be placed in the downtown area for all to enjoy by the end of September.
The Dumpster Art will be displayed for a full year, providing beautiful visuals for downtown visitors and significant exposure for the artists.
Paints and supplies were generously provided by Whitehead Industrial Company, also located in downtown Valdosta. Dumpsters were steam cleaned by the Valdosta Public Works Department and received its first coat of primer and base paint by the Valdosta Youth Council members prior to the start of artists’ work on Saturday.
Most importantly, "thank you!" to our artists (in the order of the photos to the left) Lanelle Shen, the VSU Artist Guild, Taylor Brooks and Sarah Lowe.