Artist competition takes aim at graffiti

By AUDRIE FORD

The city of Tucson unveiled five murals made to discourage graffiti and tagging in the downtown area during a ceremony on Feb. 5.

The Environmental Services Department, along with Tucson Arts Brigade, created a competition that whittled 44 entries down to five winning designs that were painted on refuse containers.

Artists Johanna Hand, Sasha Lewis, Niki Glen, Porter McDonald and Ruben Moreno decorated the dumpsters with their unique designs after being selected by the Arts Brigade and the city.

The city provided $5,000 in funding for the pilot program, which was matched by the Graffiti Resource Council, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit vandalism prevention organization.

“The city spends probably $150-$200 to repair a dumpster that has been damaged by graffiti, and we’ve found that artwork like this helps deter taggers,” said Cristina Polsgrove, the Environmental Services Department information officer.

The five dumpsters will be on display at businesses across Tucson. If successful, the program hopes to expand in the future.

Artists, from left, Niki Glen, Johanna Hand, Ruben Moreno and Porter McDonald applaud the proceedings. Sasha Lewis is not pictured. (Aztec Press photos by Audrie Ford)

Artists, from left, Niki Glen, Johanna Hand, Ruben Moreno and Porter McDonald applaud the proceedings. Sasha Lewis is not pictured. (Aztec Press photos by Audrie Ford)

 

Sasha Lewis is known in Tucson for her use of bright colors and graphic animal illustrations.

Sasha Lewis is known in Tucson for her use of bright colors and graphic animal illustrations.

 

Local artist Porter McDonald painted clean, contrasting and vibrant graphics.

Local artist Porter McDonald painted clean, contrasting and vibrant graphics.

 

Johanna Hand’s design featured a cartoon whale floating in the sky via parachutes.

Johanna Hand’s design featured a cartoon whale floating in the sky via parachutes.

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  1. Joanna Rendon says:

    Thanks for sharing this awesome story! Its great to see the city of Tucson come together with our community to expand our artistic skills in the city. This is definitely something i would like to see these creative art pieces across town.

  2. Maria Jimenez says:

    I like this story. I love the dumpsters that I saw in this story they are amazing.I have to say that my favorite dumpster was Porter McDonald dumpster because it says that if we work together we can have a clean environment.

  3. Thank you for a great story! We have a new call to artists on our website, plus we would love to share more about our work and efforts with the PCC community. Drop us a line!

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