As they do with their finances, Tucson leaders in their continuing effort to make bad garbage look good, announced on Friday that on February 5, 2016, the City of Tucson garbage department will unveil and begin delivery of five big metal garbage bins that have been painted with murals.
The City of Tucson garbage department used hard earned taxpayer dollars to contract with the Tucson Arts Brigade to coordinate the pathetic project. Additional funding was provided by the Graffiti Resource Council in Washington, DC.
Five Tucsonans have designed and painted the garbage cans which will be provided to businesses to the few businesses that remain in the located in areas that have a high potential for graffiti and tagging. The City, working with the Tucson Arts Brigade hopes the program will also improve urban aesthetics and ultimately save taxpayers money on graffiti abatement.
Five Tucsonans were selected from 44 applicants who ranged from established painters to first-time muralists. The artists are Johanna Hand, Sasha Lewis, Niki Glen, Porter McDonald and Ruben Moreno. The city provided $5,000 in funding for the pilot program, which was matched by the Graffiti Resource Council, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit vandalism prevention organization.
Tucson City Councilman Steve “I can’t wait” Kozachik said, “City leaders have been working on this program for quite some time. Even though such initiatives may not end the exorbitant cost of graffiti abatement, they can potentially help save money as well as beautify the city.”
The unveiling of the garbage cans will be held in the parking lot, behind the Chicago Store in downtown Tucson at 12:30 p.m. All five of the containers will be on display before being delivered to the business customers participating in the program. In addition to the Chicago Store, businesses who are participating in the project include: Walter’s Market, Taco Fish Restaurant, Stone Avenue Loft Apartments, and Creative Beginnings Daycare.