Design In Motion: Recycling Trucks in Philadelphia

Design In Motion: Recycling Trucks in Philadelphia

Kristen Lubbe
May 13, 2009

The Mural Arts Program of Philadelphia unveiled 10 recycling trucks decorated with bright, bold graphics inspired by the historic textiles collection of The Design Center at Philadelphia University. This project coincided with the introduction of Philadelphia's new single-stream recycling program, in which all recyclable materials can all go into the same receptacle. The trucks were unveiled by Philadelphia Mayor Nutter on a very appropriate day — Earth Day!

The Mural Arts Program of Philadelphia recruited students from the Asian Arts Initiative, Norris Square Neighborhood Project, Waring Elementary School and Wissahickon Charter School to participate in the project.

The students were exposed to the historic textiles collection of The Design Center at Philadelphia University 19th and 20th Century textiles, textile artifacts and tools that help depict that Philadelphia was once a leader in the textile industry.

(Images: Nancy Packer, Collection Curator for the Mural Art Program)

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