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These incredible Vancouver garbage bin murals are making a statement (PHOTOS)

The seven-painting series that recently popped up in Gastown is intended to "spark conversations around the current and future impacts of garbage on the planet."
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Mural painted by Tyler Toews, in partnership with the Gastown Business Improvement Society and the Vancouver Mural Festival. Photo submitted by Keith Bell.

We all know one man's trash is another man's treasure, but sometimes one man's trash bin is another man's canvas. 

Such is the case in a new series of murals that recently popped up in Gastown, titled “waste wear," by B.C.-based artist Tyler Toews (AKA Ty Mural Guy, or @canadianmurals on Instagram). The project was created in partnership with the Gastown Business Improvement Society and the Vancouver Mural Festival. 

The seven-painting series "addresses issues surrounding pollution and climate change, both in our communities and the wider world. The collection seeks to spark conversations around the current and future impacts of garbage on the planet, and the need for not just greater awareness, but action," wrote Toews in an Instagram post. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

#ThePlasticProblem . It has become big enough to take down the largest mammal on earth......... You can check this piece out in the Powell St. alley. Gastown. This is one of my favorites in a series of seven paintings titled “Waste Wear”. The series addresses issues surrounding pollution and climate change, in hopes to spark conversations around the impact of garbage on the planet. Created in partnership with @vanmuralfest and @mygastown Gastown BIA #mygastown #vanmuralfest #canadianmurals #wastewear #sustainableliving #plasticpollutes #plasticzero #reducewaste #beachcleanup #singleuseplastic #zerowaste #plasticfree #plasticfreeliving ⁣ ⁣ #streetartworldwide #streetartistry #urbandecay #cityart #streetartglobe #streetartnews #streetarttoulouse #streetartist #urbexdecay #artist #art #painting #artoftheday #streetarteverywhere #urbanart #streetphotography

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Each of the paintings adorn large garbage bins, and appear as if to be 3D. The images depicted range from a polar bear riding an empty, plastic beverage bottle, to a humpback whale trapped in an enormous plastic bag, to a child sitting in a mound of plastic and a flower growing out of a discarded plastic straw, to a grown man dressed in a suit with his head obscured by a plastic bag, while seagulls take hold of the plastic. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

As the ice caps dwindle and the plastic island grows...... Possibly an unwelcome option for the #polarbear #futureisland This is one of seven paintings in a series titled “waste wear”. The series addresses issues surrounding pollution and climate change, both in our communities and the wider world. The collection seeks to spark conversations around the current and future impacts of garbage on the planet, and the need for not just greater awareness, but action. #mygastown #vanmuralfest #canadianmurals #climatechange ⁣#meltingicecaps #streetstyle #urban #streetphotography #mural #streetarteverywhere #urbanart #streetartist #dumpsterart #garbageart #messageinabottle #plasticbottle #3dart #3dstreetart #streetartoftheday

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vancouver garbage bin murals 2 (plastic cup and flower)Mural painted by Tyler Toews, in partnership with the Gastown Business Improvement Society and the Vancouver Mural Festival. Photo submitted by Keith Bell.

That piece in particular, Toews explained, is titled “Capitalist Daydreams” and intends to depict the figure in a business suit "dealing with a hangover from a capitalist/consumer bender." 
 

 

The paintings are located in an alley off Powell Street, beside Italian restaurant Robba da Matti's newest location. Stroll through the neighbourhood to check them out in person (while keeping a two-metre distance between yourself and others, obviously), or have a look using Vanmuralfest's new app


 

vancouver garbage bin murals 1  (polar bear)Mural painted by Tyler Toews, in partnership with the Gastown Business Improvement Society and the Vancouver Mural Festival. Photo submitted by Keith Bell.

The Vancouver Mural Festival's fifth annual iteration is currently underway, set to run until Sept. 7. This year's celebration of street art will result in 60 new murals in 9 Metro Vancouver neighbourhoods over just 3 weeks. 

 





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