ARTcan Project Dedicated to Madisonville

HOPKINS COUNTY, KY (11/19/12) - “The Downtown Turnaround Project (DTP), in conjunction with the city and Hopkins County, has been looking for a way to improve the look of our streets as part of an overall effort to get more business downtown,” says DTP founder Jenny Gibson. “We want to make this district more economically viable and a bigger asset for this community. So we came up with an idea that is certainly outside of the box. I think it’s met with a lot of excitement.”

“We knew we needed trashcans so we went to Judge Carroll and he was gracious enough to provide us with some seed money to start on our streetscape project. However, we did a little switcharoo on him and went from black to something else,” admits Gibson. “I appreciate his willingness to think outside the box with us. We’re really hoping that this project will be big. Mike Franklin, the City Administrator, has been very helpful with this project, and I know Mayor Jackson is supportive of the project as well. Joe Golden has worked on the project with us and will continue to do so. And Tim Corum, the artist, has really bent over backwards to make this kind of crazy idea come to life.”

“These cans are easy to use,” explains Gibson. “We worked with the sanitation department. They’ve approved the design. We are hopeful they will be both functional and artistic.”

“I remember a longtime friend, Indian Larry, saying to me one time to do what I loved and the money would follow,” points out ARTcan artist Tim Corum. “It’s taken me a long time to get that down and things are starting to come around. I’m doing what I really love to do, and I hope I get to do it a whole lot more. I’m excited to be a part of this. I think it’s just the beginning of something great for Madisonville.”

“I think it’s a wonderful work of art,” says Madisonville-Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce Chairman Mary King. “I’m excited to see them all throughout town as I’m sure everyone else is.”

“We’re going to try to put eighteen all throughout the downtown,” explains City Administrator Mike Franklin. “They are five different colors. They are all different. The Chamber’s can is done with fly wheels and roof bolt plates. The one in front of City Hall is a lilac color, it’s made with spoons. Tim has made one for Cuda Tools, which is a mine bolt company, using mine bolts and mining parts. Each one is going to be as unique as our buildings. So, hopefully, this time next year you’ll see these colorful things all throughout Madisonville.”

“It’s just amazing how many little parts are involved in one of these pieces,” says Gibson. “They will certainly be bright and lively.”

“You just never know what’s going to end up on one of these cans,” smiles Corum.

Sugg Street Post
Written by Jessica Dockrey
Photo by Jeff Harp

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