Sunday, August 30, 2015

Big Belly cans meet Smart Art students

...and the result is dressed-up solar compactors in Manayunk

Big Belly cans meet Smart Art students

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A Big Belly trash station in Manyunk gets a new look with artwork by students at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy.
A Big Belly trash station in Manyunk gets a new look with artwork by students at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy.

When the city first started installing Big Belly recycling and solar compacting trash stations, one of the many benefits touted was that their sides provided perfect surfaces for messages and public art.

So...how about frogs and geese and fish, all done in the style of Andy Warhol, Henri Rousseau and Vincent Van Gogh?

That's what's happening along Main Street in Manayunk, thanks to students from Springside Chestnut Hill Academy.

In a project dubbed "Smart Partners in Art," they wrapped 14 Big Belly stations in art.

The idea is to combine art with a learning experience.

Each piece of art includes an animal indigenous to the Schuylkill River -- which runs alongside Manayunk -- created in the style of a well-known artist.

That's how they wound up with a frog that looks as if Warhol might have painted it, a Van Gogh-ish fish, and a goose done in the magical realism style of Rousseau. And a whole lot more. Visit, and see if you can guess which is modeled after Salvador Dali's style. Or Jackson Pollock's.

The Academy is all about green. It received the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon School Award in 2012, has multiple solar panel arrays atop its buildings, and is working towards a zero-waste cafeteria, according to officials there.

Academy president Priscilla Sands said the art project was "emblematic of a school that is dedicated to sustainability, creativity, and innovation. We have a long history of partnerships, such as this one with the Manayunk Development Corporation, which help our students explore their passions in a real-world context.”

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GreenSpace is about environmental issues and green living. Bauers also writes a biweekly GreenSpace column about environmental health issues for the Inquirer’s Sunday “Health” section.

Sandy Bauers is the environment reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where she has worked for more than 20 years as a reporter and editor. She lives in northern Chester County with her husband, two cats, a large vegetable garden and a flock of pet chickens.

Reach Sandy at sbauers@phillynews.com.

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