Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Philadelphia Recycling Trucks Get "Greener" For Earth Day

philadelphia recycling truck
Design In Motion: The Recycling Truck Project

Aww.

Ten new specially-designed recycling trucks will be unveiled tomorrow in Love Park at 2pm.

The announcement:
The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, The Design Center at Philadelphia University and The City of Philadelphia Streets Department Recycling Office invite you to Love Park at 2PM, Wednesday, April 22, 2009 to view a new fleet of single-stream recycling trucks designed by Desireé Bender and Mural Arts Program Big Picture students from Asian Arts Initiative, Norris Square Neighborhood Project, Waring Elementary School, and Wissahickon Charter School.

Design In Motion: The Recycling Truck Project is a city-wide public art and graphic design project produced by The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program in collaboration with The Design Center at Philadelphia University and The City of Philadelphia Streets Department Recycling Office.

The project was commissioned by the Streets Department to coincide with the introduction of Philadelphia's new city-wide single-stream recycling program.

single stream recylcing in philadelphiaThe graphic designs, which will wrap a total of ten City of Philadelphia recycling trucks, are inspired by historical and contemporary textile patterns that celebrate elements of nature and are drawn from the collection of The Design Center at Philadelphia University.

From January through March 2009, artist Desireé Bender and over 60 students ranging in age from 8 to 18 and enrolled in Mural Arts' free after-school Big Picture program worked together on the conceptualization and design of graphic vinyl wraps for the recycling trucks.

As part of the creative process, students were introduced by staff from The Design Center to its collection of textiles from around the world, including 19th and early 20th century textiles that document the emergence of Philadelphia as one of America's great textile producers of the time. The City of Philadelphia Streets Department Recycling Office also engaged students in a variety of learning experiences to expand their knowledge of and participation in Philadelphia's new city-wide single-stream recycling program.
It's not clear if the trucks are actually ten brand new recylcing trucks or rather ten trucks that have been retrofitted with cool new designs.

Regardless, we wish they were also zero-emission recycling trucks.

1 comment:

Holly H. said...

Ha! That's awesome! My first thought was, this has to be a joke, but I kinda like the idea of a purdy recycling truck making its way down my street and scrapping the side of my car. Will make me feel better then when the un-painted recycling truck did the same thing.