Beautifying Public Trash Containers.

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Oakland has been enhancing the look of its public trash containers for some time now. The most recent example, installed last week, is a tile mosaic on a trash container located on Broadway, between 7th and 8th Sts.


This mosaic depicts a pair of Snowy Egrets, standing on a nest that includes three eggs. The egrets are accurately portrayed with brilliant white feathers and head plumes, long, black beaks and legs, and yellow-orange feet. Beautiful, white clouds and blue sky, transitioning from light to dark, can be seen on other sides of the container, as the mosaic wraps around.


The mosaic is the artistic work of Juan Lopez, a Bay Area Master Tile Craftsman, with New World Mosaics. Mr. Lopez’s tile artistry can be viewed throughout Oakland, on trash containers as well as on murals at local schools. Please see the following website for more information on Mr. Lopez’s work:


Oakland just got a little more beautiful. Keeping Oakland Beautiful is everybody’s business.

We encourage you to share your thoughts in the reply section. We welcome the dialogue and learning of others’ perspectives.


5 Responses to Beautifying Public Trash Containers.

  1. Mary Boergers August 21, 2015 at 5:58 pm #

    Juan has done a number of mosaics in the Asams Point neighborhood. My favorite is the “Starry Night” with the port of Oakland cranes on the corner of Grand and Harrison.

  2. Eric Saltmarsh August 24, 2015 at 7:47 am #

    Hi, Mary. Great call out. Thanks for taking the time to share that.



  3. TIffany Eng October 18, 2015 at 9:22 pm #

    Thanks for the post! This can is part of a larger initiative to transform all the trash enclosures in Old Oakland. And thanks to the recent grant from KOB and other community donations we are closer than ever to reaching our funding goal. Keep an eye out for more mosaic makeovers coming to Old Oakland.

    • Eric Saltmarsh October 19, 2015 at 7:46 am #

      Great idea, Tiffany. Thanks for commenting and helping to keep Oakland beautiful.



  4. Bob March 5, 2016 at 6:14 pm #

    Nice looking trash cans but it has not stopped litter bugs. I do a lot of walking around lake and other areas i see tons of dumping along MacArthur blvd. and litter cause even when there is a trash can people wont walk 2 feet or less to throw it away.
    Many streets in Oakland dont have trash cans for blocks at a time. One more thing why when trash pick up days do trash men pick up what they drop in peidmont area of oakland
    Ave but when on oakland side they leave it lay in the street,

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