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Recycling Trucks Wrapped with New Art to Hit the Streets This Week

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities will wrap 15 more DPW recycling trucks with original works from local artists as part of its “Designed to Recycle” project.

The Bowser Administration is, once again, wrapping District recycling trucks with original art by local artists. The “Designed to Recycle” initiative, which launched in 2015 with 10 trucks, promotes recycling, invigorates District streets and supports local artists. The first two newly wrapped trucks will be in service the week of July 23.  Each week through September 6, two more newly wrapped trucks will be on the streets in all eight wards providing collection service.  

“Designed to Recycle” encourages residents of all ages to increase their efforts to reduce landfill waste and pollution. The project is part of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s mission to expand the creative economy in the District and provide more opportunities for local artists to support themselves. Local artists were invited to submit proposals for the project during spring of 2018. The selected artwork will be printed on vinyl and wrapped on each of the recycling trucks.

“Through the Design to Recycle project, we are able to support and showcase the talent of our local artists, further enhance the visibility of the city’s recycling efforts, and add to the creative landscape of the District in all eight wards,” said Angie Gates, Interim Director for the Commission on the Arts and Humanities who provides funding for the project.

DPW and CAH also partner on the city’s MuralsDC project, which replaces graffiti-tagged walls on buildings with original works of art. New murals are planned for several wards, with installations beginning August.

“Art has been a powerful tool in engaging residents with our agency’s work,” said DPW Director Chris Shorter. “The wrapped trucks forge a connection between our sanitation teams and the neighborhoods we serve, and our drivers are excited to drive them. We hope these moving pieces of art inspire citizens to remember the vital role they play in the city’s sustainability efforts.”

The 15 artists and their designs are:
Waste Not, Nicole Hamam
Recycle Now, Michael Marshall Design
Urban Jungle, Jackie Coleman
Nurturing Nature, Kofi Tyus
Untitled, Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann
Untitled, Dean Kessman
Recycled Fish, Carly Rounds
Evolution with an “R,” Gordon Steve Spencer Davis II
Mapping, Santiago Flores-Charneco
Inform, Reduce, Recycle, Minsoo Kang & Andre Sanchez-Montoya
Untitled, Anne Masters
Pop District, Sarah, James & Parvina Gilliam
Recycled Flowers, Jon Gann
Nuestra Tierra I recycle DC, Nicolas F. Shi
Fair Card Value, Michael Crossett

In addition to the 15 newly wrapped trucks, CAH also provided funding to rewrap five of the trucks completed in 2015 whose wraps needed a refresh. For more information on “Designed to Recycle,” please visit on CAH’s website.

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