Dumpsters typically aren’t thought of as beautiful, but in a new project, a Georgia city is challenging that idea. In Valdosta on Sept. 17, local artists took their paint brushes to a new kind of canvas.

The project is called Dumpster Art. After four dumpsters got a steam clean by the Valdosta Public Works Department, selected artists and art groups were invited to paint their masterpieces around town. Community children at Dewar Elementary School painted a fifth dumpster to resemble Van Gogh’s The Starry Night, but with a South Georgia twist.

Artists set up shop at various parking lots and street corners throughout town where the public could watch them create beautiful pieces of public art. The dumpsters will remain on display in Valdosta for one year.

While we ask our customers to refrain from expressing their creativity on rented dumpsters, we love to hear about stories like this! We are extending a special thank you to the people of Valdosta for proving that dumpsters can be more than just waste. 

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