Sanitation trucks ride with style


A Bronx-based artist typically uses shoes as his canvas of choice, but this time he used nearly 400 square feet of a garbage truck.

Donnell “Jigga” McFadden and four others in the outer boroughs worked effortlessly over a nine-day period at the city’s Department of Sanitation’s Central Repair Shop in Queens to paint a sanitation truck.

The agency said artists like McFadden were chosen from among more than 240 submissions as far away as Israel and Sweden.

On Oct. 28, the refuse collection department unveiled its newest Trucks of Art series, a zero-waste challenge with artists using cans of residents’ unwanted paints collected from drop-off sites.

“Our collection trucks are a part of New York City’s urban landscape, and these talented artists have transformed them into roving works of art that will inspire New Yorkers on a daily basis,” said Jessica Tisch, department of sanitation commissioner.

“The blueprint is like a preparation for success,” McFadden said.

“I strive to give my community the recognition it deserves through a representation that best expresses hope showing the world that anything is possible if you just believe.”

Each of the five trucks will be sent to a different borough, where it will immediately begin its route.

— Stacy Driks