Despite its obvious utility, the Dumpster isn't often thought of in a positive light, so maybe it wasn't such a good idea to spend three grand purchasing the domain name for that butt-only social networking site. Using the old media of art to garner positive attention for Dumpsters, Steelplant.
Scheduled to drop in a series of limited editions (each of which'll be helmed by a different artist), these hand-constructed/arted desktop storage devices (designed to hold office supplies, magazines, trash, etc.) were conceived by an Issaquah-based designer who needed a project he could pursue while suffering from -- thanks to his work on a client's catalog project -- a "serious overuse injury" that, hopefully, is the opposite of any injury suffered by Charlie Whitehurst. Before being given to an artist ("to be painted, inked, glued, printed, distressed, whatever") the 9.25"x11.5" numbers are cut, formed, and welded from 14-gauge 25-35% recycled steel, fitted with lid tiles milled from a wood/plastic composite made from shopping bags and sawdust, and weigh enough (9lbs) that "you will be impressed with its mass" -- something also said about up-and-coming priests by God McShay. The first edition features 40 unique graffiti-inspired pieces arted with a combination of spraypaint, paint pens, ink, stencils, stickers, and stamps; examples range from the Tree Green #3 decked with a googly eyed cartoon monster, to the pink lettering-emblazoned Key Lime Frontloader; to the bright-yellow Ticket Me, which if used as a waste basket will make it hard to meter (maid).
As their names intones, the watertight Steelplants can also be used to stage potted plants or, as their designer suggests, an artful final resting place for toys that are one sixth scale, or the size of a "Barbie" -- yet another thing that isn't viewed in a positive light, despite its obvious