Kamloops street artists and at-risk youth team up to paint garbage bins
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Kamloops street artists and at-risk youth team up to paint garbage bins

Kamloops artist and art teacher Evan Christian shows off the bin he’s been working on, inspired by the city’s Plaza Hotel. (Jenifer Norwell/CBC) Local street artists, business associations and at-risk youth in Kamloops are working together to turn the city’s trash bins into artistic treasure. Some bins in the city have become regular targets of vandalism, said Graham Lamont, sanitation supervisor for the city, so they decided to paint murals on them. "We had one in particular that was a daily hit, so we took it upon ourselves to combat it in some way and this is the avenue we took," he said. "That one lasted approximately three months without a pencil mark on it. So we decided there must be some value to it." After finding success with one bin, they received a $2,500 grant to expand the project to paint eight more industrial-sized bins in hopes that it will help combat tagging and graffiti in the southern Interior city. ‘Having a big mural around it is going to deter from any future vandalism,’ said Landon Muzio, president of the Kamloops Skateboard Association. (Jenifer Norwell/CBC) "The graffiti that we were seeing on the cans was always very bad, […]

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