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article imageIs trash art? Street artist Francisco de Pajaro thinks it is Special

By Dawn Denmar     Aug 26, 2013 in Entertainment
Visiting Spanish street artist Francisco de Pajaro is turning the trash of East London into quirky characters to delight passers by during the summer of 2013. The trash artist is creating his kooky litter artwork and monsters around the streets of London.
Francisco's art is creating interest in and around the East End as he swoops on litter and rubbish that has been bagged up and left outside for the waste collectors. The resultant quirky characters and unusual artworks have been photographed and submitted to sites like Flickr to leave an enduring legacy of his work.
The London West Bank Gallery has been hosting a show of Francisco's artwork entitled 'Police & Horse' which ran from 15 Aug. to 23 Aug. 2013, but it is the artist's unusual and comical renditions of London's garbage that seems to have attracted the most attention.
Trash art by Francisco de Pajaro
Trash art by Francisco de Pajaro
Francisco de Pajaro
In an email interview with Francisco on 26 August, he says that using the litter is his way of "communicating with the people passing on the street" adding a "few more hours of life to the collection of garbage." The reason he calls his street work 'Art is Trash' is not just a play on words as he sincerely believes that art should not be so important and that to feed "the hungry poor is worth a thousand works of art".
Street artwork
Street artwork
Francisco de Pajaro
Francisco is best known in Barcelona, where his style of street art was established in 2009. He says that the Spanish economic crisis meant that he had to quit the city though, to continue his style of painting. This was due to Barcelona banning all free expression on the streets, meaning Francisco had to move to the only medium that might he considered legal: trash.
Street art  Ibiza 2012
Street art, Ibiza 2012
Francisco de Pajaro
Francisco says that he is: "considered enemy number one of the politicians in Barcelona." So when he works on the streets he has to move very quickly as he is likely to be given police fines and has faced bank repossessions.
For Francisco, his artwork is meant to: "represent the worst and best of human beings." Although he seems content if the general experience is that: "People see monsters."
You can check out more of Francisco's work on his blog or take a look at the catalogue of works he submitted for his solo 'Police & Horse' show at the West Bank Gallery.
Art in Barcelona
Art in Barcelona
Francisco de Pajaro
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