Local artists painting dumpsters in Cloudcroft


CLOUDCROFT, N.M. (KRQE)- Garbage dumpsters are usually an ugly part of life, but artists in one New Mexico town are trying to spruce up the place by using dumpsters as their canvass.

Over the past year in Cloudcroft, dumpsters have become works of art. It’s all part of  a project called trash art.

Local artists like Jerry Crump, have been putting their own personal touch onto the dumpsters all over the mountain town.

“They all have different element of different things that are Cloudcroft, you know that represent Cloudcroft and that’s the whole point but it also makes the community look nice,” said Crump.

The New Mexico Tourism Department is paying more than $2,000 to cover the cost of painting 23 of the village’s dumpsters.

Businesses are also helping by donating supplies and locals are helping by grabbing a brush.

“We’ve had tons of artists helping us. Today we only have two, we’ve had as many as eight or ten in a day helping us,” said John Tieman, who started the project.

The artwork is inspired by the village’s past. Cloudcroft was once a logging and railway town.

“It shows community pride, ownership of their areas so it’s just very good,” said Tieman.

Organizers of the project say Southwest Disposal which owns the dumpsters in Cloudcroft were all for the paint jobs.

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