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Wastecycle Skip Makeovers in Nottingham
Skips might not usually be thought of as 'beautiful' but Nottingham skip hire company, Wastecyle are trying to change that.
The first paint job took place in September as part of the World Event Young Artists 2012 (WEYA) when Nottingham hosted a programme of exhibitions and events as the finale to the 2012 Cultural Olympiad. This supposedly one off piece of graffiti prompted other artists to offer their skills and the decision was taken to paint several more.
"Why not brighten some up and use them in places where they might become a talking point?" says Wastecycle's Paul Gunn. "We have major customers in the city centre and if they agree, we can help them recycle waste using something that's a little bit different."
Currently one skip, painted by Cam Bain, is being used for clearing a derelict space on Stoney Street in the Lace Market where there are plans to create a performance and rehearsal space, gallery, workshop, artist and dance studios, and two large teaching classrooms for community use and hire. It is one of several projects in the city that sees derelict buildings put to better use by and for the creative community.
"We're indebted to artists such as Cam Bain. As work progresses, his artistic efforts will promote the Stoney Street community and put a quizzical smile on passers-by,"
Cam Bain (22), is studying for a degree from Nottingham Trent University. He says his skip artwork has a cartoon like jungle theme with bright colours and leaves.
For information about initiatives from Wastecycle you can visit their website - http://www.wastecycle.co.uk/