Call that art? It’s rubbish!

• Bincent Art Award winners. Photo supplied | Vincent city council

• Bincent Art Award winners. Photo supplied | Vincent city council

IT’S utter garbage—but in a good way.

The winners of Vincent’s inaugural Bincent Awards have all pimped-up their bins with funky artwork.

The competition was designed to brighten Vincent’s streetscapes on bin days.

Fifteen prizes were handed out this month, including first prizes for Marie Slyth, who depicted a panorama of Smith’s Lake on various sides of her Sulo, Jessica “Huckleberry Bin” Holker, who turned her receptacle into a colourful library of all her favourite books, Dianna Kelly’s scenes depicting wildlife at nearby Hyde Park and William Perera’s fun Japanese-inspired wave landscape.

Mayor Alannah MacTiernan—who rarely engages in trash-talk with journos—says she wants to make bin day an “alfresco street art gallery”.

“The biennial awards were introduced to inspire and encourage locals to enliven their streets with art and make bin day an alfresco street art gallery,” she says.

“It’s one way the council can instil a sense of fun, play and community in our neighbourhood streets and showcase Vincent’s diverse social backgrounds—and talent—through art.”

The council plans to run the competition every two years with the next one commencing in 2014.

by STEPHEN POLLOCK

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