Family Friendly Oakland
Play Oakland Mosaic Trash Can Makeovers
Art and whimsy provide surprising moments of wonder on cement trashcans in Oakland, California.
About the project
Oakland, California has installed playful and engaging ceramic tile mosaics on ten city trashcans at bus stops and busy street corners where low-income kids and caregivers often wait. Led by parents and passionate volunteers in the community, the Play Oakland Mosaic Trashcan Makeovers turn mundane, ugly cement trashcans into playful and kid-centered mosaics. The mosaics include a maze, a giant basketball net, a hungry caterpillar and Chinese lion dancers. The kid-friendly designs reinforce early childhood development concepts, as well as foster local and cultural pride.
Play Oakland Mosaic Trashcan Makeovers brings public art to neighborhoods that do not typically receive a large share of public investment ininfrastructure. Thanks to the installations, the neighborhood has seen a reduction of graffiti on the trashcans, andan increased sense of neighborhood identity.