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Trash Can Art Helps Transform Printer's Alley

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by Chris Cannon

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Visitors to Printer's Alley in downtown Nashville have noticed something unusual along the famed block - trash can art.

A dozen Metro Public Works trash cans have been painted as a way to spruce up the historic alley.

"My husband and I, for the last three years, have been very proactive in trying to clean up the alley, to bring it back, to give it it's heartbeat back," said Jackie Wilson, owner of Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar.

Wilson and her neighbor came up with the idea to paint the trash cans that sit outside the businesses along Printer's Alley.

"Who wants to see a nasty, stinky trash can? We cleaned them up and painted them, and now they're beautiful and people take pictures with them. It's hilarious," Wilson said.

The cans are painted with parody names of some of county music's biggest stars. "Dolly Carton," "Johnny Trash," "Loretta Bin" and "B. B. Clean" are just a few of the names painted on the trash cans.

Troy Duff is the Nashville artist responsible for the trash can art.

"I just kind of give it a graphic sense, with a flash of graffiti, so it's still readable to the people walking by,"  Duff said.

He paints the trash cans with spray paint and complete the projects right there on Printer's Alley.

The people behind the trash can art put a lot of thought into the star names painted onto the cans.

"We tried to be clever with what we chose, for what building, and what business," Wilson explained.

"It's nice to see different kind of art. It's still art," said Carla Swain, visiting from Seattle.

Two of the painted trash cans have been stolen. Dolly Carton was the first to disappear. The street art did return to the alley.

Soon after the death of the legendary George Jones there was another theft.

"All the sudden, George Junk went missing. And he hasn't returned yet. We don't know where he's at. Maybe George took him up to heaven with him. I don't know," Wilson said.

There are plans to add more painted trash cans for other businesses on Printer's Alley.


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