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The BigBelly Program

Litter Critter BigBelly Units

In April of 2011, the Philadelphia Streets Department and City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program dedicated 50 Litter Critter BigBelly™ trash compactors designed and created by artists and students as part of the Mural Arts’ Big Picture Program.

The newly wrapped BigBelly units now line South Street and showcase creative designs inspired by the idea of litter bugs. Artists Ben Woodward and Thom Lessner from the Philadelphia collective space 1026 worked with Big Picture students on the concept and creation of the artwork. Big Picture provides young people ages 10 to 14 with mural training and visual arts education through four sessions with a focus on community and social responsibility. Students concentrate on fundamental art skills, mural design, and small indoor or outdoor murals.

The creative designs on the BigBelly units encourage people to use the sustainable trashcans and not litter.

Images of the Litter Critter BigBelly units can be viewed and downloaded at the Streets Department Flickr Page

The project is an extension of the innovative “Design in Motion Project”, where students from the Big Picture Program designed wrappings for 20 of the Streets Department’s recycling trucks in an effort to raise awareness about recycling.