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Giving a nod to our waste workers

A billboard in Bristol, which is being put to good use as part of a community arts project, has given a nod to the city’s waste workers.

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The billboard gives a nod to the workers who keep the city clean. Image: Adblock Bristol

As part of the Burg Arts project, the disused billboard in St Werburghs housed various artwork organised by local artists from 2010 to 2013, and this was re-launched in 2018 by Adblock Bristol.

The campaign group opposes billboards and other corporate outdoor advertising and works to promote a visual environment which reflects the unique views of Bristol’s local community.

The latest installation on the billboard features a photograph of six Bristol Waste workers and was created as a thanks to the people who keep the streets clean.

Colin Moody is behind the photograph and submitted his work to Adblock Bristol to be used on the billboard as part of the arts project.

We had a little chat and I asked to take their photo, and here they are. Keeping our, their, your streets clean so we can all enjoy our life

Describing how the photograph came about, Moody tells Adblock Bristol: “I was walking around Bedminster looking at all the people coming and going on East Street and I noticed that the road was clean and tidy, and these lads were all stood in a row outside one of the cafes.

“We had a little chat and I asked to take their photo, and here they are. Keeping our, their, your streets clean so we can all enjoy our life.”

Leigh Coghill of Adblock Bristol adds: “The latest installation above is a shout to Bristol Waste workers, building on NEF’s [New Economics Foundation] 2009 research that every £1 spent on wages for recycling workers creates £6 of social and environmental value – and conversely, for every £1 generated by advertising executives, they destroy £11 of value.”



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