We users of cups and napkins and cans don't tend to think much about the receptacles in which we place our recycling or our trash. We'll toss something and walk away, not even recalling if the bin was blue or brown.
There are exceptions, of course. Disneyland Resort has been known to break out that talking, walking trash can in the past -- seriously, how do they does that trash can talk? -- and many of our national parks design their receptacles in wood and stone, the better to blend into the wild surroundings.
And there is the Coachella Music and Arts Festival, where the recycling bins are works of art. Literally, we mean: Artists have put paint and brush to the bins, all to raise awareness on behalf of Global Inheritance. The organization is eager to reduce waste, lower impact, and get people thinking about environment-now issues.
There are, you might have heard, a few people at Coachella, so call the bins a colorful and unusual way to gain notice for a caboodle of critical earth issues.
Want to see these bins but aren't heading for the Indio mega-happening in the middle of April? Angel City Brewery will hold an exhibit of all the art-nice recycle bins set to show at Coachella 2015 on Tuesday, April 7.
TRASHed: The Art of Recycling will go on display at the Arts District brewhouse from 7 to 11 p.m. on April 7th. It's free to attend, and music, beer for sale, and other festive additions await (without the Coachella sunshine, it's true, so no need to wear a wide-brimmed hat).
As for the Coachella Music and Arts Festival? As in the whole shebang? That unfurls from April 10 through 12 and April 17 through 19 at Empire Polo Field in Indio.
TRASHed, by the by, stands for "Trash Education." Global Inheritance is the evening's host, so expect to learn a few things about the important causes they back.
Spend time getting an eyeful of the gallery-ready trash bins, too. We may rarely notice where we toss our stuff when we're not at home, taking only the time needed to see what materials to put in which can.
But the colorful receptacles of Coachella may make even the most absent-minded among us pause and look at an everyday object, and what it represents, in a fresh way.