One person’s trash is another person’s treasure

Aren’t these the prettiest dumpsters you’ve ever seen? That sounds like an oxymoron. Seeing a dumpster covered in some of the prettiest wallpaper I’ve seen would automatically put a smile on my face. C. Finley is the artist behind the Wallpapered Dumpsters Project and she’s decorated dumpsters from Europe to America. Finley hopes that her project will encourage others to rethink the way they dispose of things by making trash pretty. The Wallpapered Dumpster Statement reads:

Wallpapered Dumpsters transform environmental activism into unexpected beauty. This project is an inquiry into urban waste, free art, and notions of femininity, beauty and domesticity. Inspired by free and accessible art the artist states, “If we see dumpsters as works of art, we have raised consciousness.”

What do you think: great idea or a waste?

Make sure to also check out her “how-to” video!

(Images clickable straight to source: Wallpapered Dumpsters)
  • Rachael

    I think it’s an interesting idea. I would never think to make a dumpster pretty! But if they’re using old wallpaper for it, then why not?

  • Krystal/Village

    I LOVE the idea. I’m all about making ugly trash cans prettier! (I also like the purpose, haha) :)

  • Misty :)

    This is a very interesting idea! I honestly never thought about making dumpsters pretty! Which is amusing because when I go to buy a trash can for my house/Rich’s house I just HAD to make sure that the trash can was pretty! I wouldn’t let him get an ugly one! lol I would have to say I love the red lips one the best though! So bright and colorful! Love it! And I love the idea behind making the dumpsters pretty. I think if people do this, they may think twice about how and what they get rid of! I know I am starting to think twice before I throw stuff away just so I know I’m not wasting it!

  • kimbirdy

    yes! i love these!! what a brilliant idea, and quite the creative way of making the world a little prettier whilst making us think a little harder about our trash. i would love to do this all over LA!

  • Brandi {not your average ordinary}

    I think all dumpsters should be styled up like this. Trash cans too. Can you imagine what a difference it would make if we all did little things to make the world a prettier place?

  • Haylee Atkinson

    I love this! I think it’s a great idea. It totally makes ME think twice about throwing things away just by looking at them so I could see this having an everlasting effect on other people as well. Plus why wouldn’t you want a pretty trash can like that? It beats the old rusted ones any day. :)

  • Melanie

    I love it! Making something so unattractive awesome. What’s not to love?

  • Eva

    I love the idea, too, and was really surprised when I read that most guys hated it. They said it was “too girly”. Maybe so, but that’s a lot better than what they looked like before!

  • Alena

    I just love this idea. Why not make something pretty? Plus, I think it raises trash awareness and would other think about doing a better job with their trash.

  • Misty :)

    It may be “girly” but they do make “masculine” wrapping paper! They could go out and buy some form of masculine wrapping paper and make it “not girly”

  • viv @ the eclectic life

    I’ve been MIA in the blog world! Please forgive me Eva. I’ve missed you! This is a serious work of art. What an absolutely gorgeous find and a beautiful juxtaposition of trash versus beauty in the mundane. Love it.