LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Is it art or is it trash?
In one part of Lufkin, it's both.
Artistic trash cans are being placed throughout North Lufkin in hopes of preventing littering.
"That's a subconscious reminder or conscious reminder to clean up your neighborhood," said artist Blake Bean.
Bean said he was contacted by Neighborhood Strong to bring their idea to life.
"I worked on those from sun up to sun down for two weeks straight, so when I do the math it's about 72 hours per bin," Bean said.
Neighborhood Strong is known for their efforts in revitalizing homes in North Lufkin, but Director Wayne Lawrence said revitalizing the community is a part of their mission as well.
"This will be the first time we've done it on such a large scale," Lawrence said.
Neighborhood Strong and Angelina Beautiful Clean are coming together to remove debris from a lot where a vacant house caught on fire
"You don't notice until you notice. Then you can't stop seeing it and this is not the only home," said Angelina Beautiful Clean Director Jennifer LaCorte.
Right now, there are only two trash bins in North Lufkin, but soon, eight more will be placed around.
On July 14th, the two organizations will pick up litter throughout North Lufkin with the vacant home being one of the places.
A $5,000 grant from the Temple Foundation is being used to pay for the trash cans as well as other projects.