Pre-street fair insanity

Looking for a combination art installation and waste receptacle? NE Alberta St.'s got it.

A trash cans cry for help

Here's the deal: plastic and glass bottles stick in the top openings and trash goes, well, in the can. Clever, creative, and pretty damn practical if you ask me. Funded by a $15,000 Portland Main Street grant, these 19 cans are paneled with recycled street signs, giving them a reflective glow at night (and also the "trendy inner-city" vibe). Ivan McLean is the artist behind the cans.

However, these colorful installations were hit hard by the Alberta Street Fair last weekend. Maintenance for the can, covered by donations from building owners, business owners and residents (according to Sara Wittenberg, executive director of Alberta Main Street), may be whole other issue.