The charmingly atmospheric photo above was taken by Flickr member it’s tea in early February of 2008. The artist, as in so many examples of urban graffiti, is unknown though they, like the pinkish primer painted dumpster, likely abide in Columbus, Ohio. The meaning – if any – of the simple but powerful decoration lies in the eyes of beholders but we’d like to think the sole motivation was to brighten up one small corner of a world sorely lacking in joy.
Dumb & Dumpster
This simple motto rendered in leetspeak really belongs on our TV screens and not our dumpsters, though these days the line separating the two is getting mighty thin. As artwork it leaves much to desire, one must admit. As social commentary, on the other hand, it’s a clear case of the message surpassing the medium. Kudos to Flickr member charles roderick who, by snapping the bin in April of 2008, recognized the power of uncommon concepts depicted on common infrastructure.
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