Earth Day Celebration Unveils 10 New Mural Arts Recycling Trucks

On Earth Day in Love Park Mayor Nutter, the Streets Department, and the Murals Arts Program celebrated the 40th anniversary of our country’s environmental movement by unveiling ten new recycling trucks designed and created by truck drivers and students as a part of Design in Motion: The Recycling Truck Project. The 10 new trucks join 10 additional Design in Motion trucks that were unveiled at a similar celebration on Earth Day last year.  Prior to the trucks’ debut at LOVE Park, they paraded from Cecil B. Moore Avenue and Broad Street south to City Hall.

“It is fitting that we are unveiling these trucks on the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day – an occasion when all Philadelphians come together to identify more ways that we can protect our environment and brighten up our neighborhoods,” said Mayor Nutter.

From January through April 2010, artist Desireé Bender, the drivers of the 10 newly painted recycling trucks, and over 60 Mural Arts students worked together on the conceptualization, design, and production of graphic vinyl wraps the trucks. Their designs were inspired by nature-themed historical and contemporary textile patterns from the collection of The Design Center at Philadelphia University.


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