Huntington Beach

Dumpsters delight the downtown crowd

COSTUMED kids in fish-y outfits rode in this decorated dumpster rolling along Main Street in downtown Huntington Beach Saturday morning (Orange County Tribune photos).

A big wave rolled into Huntington Beach Saturday morning. It wasn’t water but instead metal and paint and artists and volunteers.

Thirty big wheeled metal trash bins were in a colorful procession three blocks down Main Street to the Pier Plaza at Pacific Coast Highway as the consummation of the “Dumpsters on Parade” event organized by the Huntington Beach Public Arts Alliance.

MAYOR BARBARA DELGLEIZE introduces Kim Kramer (co-founder of the Huntington Beach Public Arts Alliance) to a cameraman from KABC-TV.

The dumpsters, provided by Republic Services – the trash and recycling pickup contractor for Surf City – were painted by HBPAA artists in a wide variety of mostly beach-themed designs as part of an effort to lend a little more visual pizzazz to the downtown area. A crowd of 1,000 or more spectators lined the street, snapping photos, shooting video and marveling at the sight of trash cans as mobile art.

Pushing the dumpsters were city officials, artists and others supporting the program. In addition to the parade of refuse containers – still empty and pristine, of course – the event featured a canned food drive for the needy and entertainment by the Ramsey Brothers Band.

The big metal boxes will be on display on Sunday, and then go into service at locations around downtown on Monday. The HBPAA would like to expand the dumpster-decoration program to other parts of the city, according to Kim Kramer, co-founder of the HBPAA.

For more about the background of the program, go to:

YOUNG GIRL “hangs 10” in her own way in a dumpster decorated with a beach-themed mural/




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