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Hack the Parks project uses public art to clean up trash in Patterson Park

The result: painted trash cans the organizers hope will attract people's attention, as well was their trash.

The Pagoda at Patterson Park near Butcher's Hill. Photo courtesy of Live Baltimore.
Full disclosure: Baltimore organizes Baltimore Innovation Week.

Six projects were funded through Hack the Parks, the city’s first civic hacking competition, but one project, Hack the Trash, has little to do with technology.
It’s a public art project to try to get people who use Patterson Park to clean up their trash. One of the organizers, professional photographer Brian Schneider, explains on his blog:

Hack the Trash is very simple – use public art to reduce litter. We were given funds to purchase 30 new trash cans. Our group hit the ground running. We worked to get donations and supplies, along with securing three different artists (Ben PetersonLeanna WetmoreMaria Cavacos) to lead community painting sessions of 15-20 residents at the Friends of Patterson Park house.

The result: painted trash cans that Schneider and crew hope will attract people’s attention, as well was their trash. View photos of some of the painted trash cans on Schneider’s blog.
See demos of all six Hack the Parks projects on Sept. 25 during Baltimore Innovation Week.

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