Transforming Trash into (Art) Treasure

Artists sought for Second Annual Dumpster Art Project


Download 2017 Dumpster Art Application

Turning trash dumpsters into public art is more than just “putting lipstick on a pig.” The innovative community activity transforms necessary but unsightly garbage containers into works of arts, imparts a sense of pride and ownership, and brings people together for community enrichment.

The City of Valdosta, Valdosta Main Street, the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts and the Public Art Advisory Committee have teamed up for the Second Annual Dumpster Art project. Artists and artist teams are being sought to paint original designs that celebrate life in the city on at least three trash dumpsters located in the downtown area.  

Artists and artist teams are asked to submit their conceptual Dumpster Art designs to be considered by Aug. 31. The public art project will take place on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Paints and supplies have been provided by Whitehead Industrial Company, also located in downtown Valdosta. Dumpsters will be steamed cleaned by the Valdosta Public Works Department and will receive a coat of primer and base paint by the Valdosta Youth Council members prior to the start of artists’ work.

Once complete, the Dumpster Art will be displayed in various locations downtown providing functional “outdoor décor” for citizens and visitors to enjoy, while also providing significant exposure for the artists. 

Five city dumpsters were transformed in 2016. Local artists and artists teams who participated in the inaugural event were Lanelle Shen, Taylor Brooks, the VSU Artist Guild, Sarah Lowe, and Dewar Elementary School. 

Interested individuals may download an application form and additional information at, or contact the Valdosta Public Information Office at 229-259-3548 or at (mention “Dumpster Art” in the subject line).

Posted by Sementha Mathews Thursday, July 27, 2017 4:14:00 PM Categories: Main Street Press Release Public Information Public Works