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First Woodstock led the way with attractive painted street trash cans; now Sellwood/Moreland has them too

COURTESY OF VICKIE WALSH, FAT ALBERT'S - Heres the undisclosed, but obviously talented, artist at work on a trash can across from Fat Albert's Restaurant on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue. In an unusual twist, an artist performing authorized public art has chosen to remain anonymous.

Over the past few months, neighbors in Westmoreland and Sellwood have been noticing decorative paintings on several of their round concrete sidewalk trash bins. So far, most of the work has been done along S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, such as at Carlton and Glenwood Streets. At these locations, the local artist focused mostly on blue and brown shades, embellishing them with faces, buildings, and elements of the landscape.

Another design, in shades of brown, was created on a bin near the bus stop at S.E. 17th at Bybee Boulevard. A bin at S.E. 13th and Lambert Street appears in a lovely array of blue colors featuring the Sellwood Bridge and a great blue heron, symbol of wildlife along the Willamette River. RITA A. LEONARD - Here are two of the newly-painted street trashcans on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland - authorized work, done by an artist preferring to remain anonymous. The intent of the paintings is to beautify the neighborhood; THE BEE has learned that the project is supported by local businesses and private residents whose motive is to keep the neighborhood clean and graffiti-free.

The artist was been in contact with the painters hired by the Woodstock property owners to decorate trashcans along Woodstock Boulevard. However, in Westmoreland and Sellwood, the art focuses on elements of the local neighborhood. The designs require a day or two to compose, but less than a day to complete. With additional sponsorship from local residents and businesses, all the Sellwood-Moreland street concrete trash bins may eventually be decorated in this way.


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