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Public Art That Isn’t Garbage, but Collects It

Washington's experiments in community art haven’t always been great. But a new project with the city’s public-works trucks reflects the real D.C.
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Charles Allen

Public art is at its best when it’s divisive. But on this particular point, no one can argue: That’s some awfully pretty artwork on a truck that picks up trash.

D.C. Council member Charles Allen spotted the colorful service truck in his alley on Friday morning. Just as he suspected, it is, in fact, a public-art project. And this one’s not garbage!