While walking home yesterday, I spotted a young couple cramming junk and debris into pink and black polka-dotted garbage bags in front of the BBQ on St. Mark's Place and 2nd Avenue. I didn't think much of it and kept walking. It's the East Village and after 20+ years of living here, nothing surprises me anymore, certainly not all kinds of garbage on the sidewalk.
But when I spotted, so to speak, another pink polka-dotted garbage bag at the townhouse next door, I knew something was up. I snapped a pic with my phone and moved along. I could see more pink blobs in the distance and kept my phone at the ready. Sure enough, the enitre block of St. Mark's place was littered, so to speak once more, with these artful garbage bags. The bags were primarily pink with black spots or metallic gold spots but some bags were white with similar polka dots. It brightened up the trash a bit, I have to admit.
So, whassup with that? Read all about it here. It is a self-described "vivid art intervention for urban beautification and environmental awareness." Hmm, maybe so.