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Colorful mural on trash container dresses up slice of midtown

Local Sacramento DJ co-designs dumpster art

Local artist and DJ, Larry "DJ Larry" Rodriguez, collaborated with his brother Mike Rodriguez on dumpster art debuted Friday. The Midtown Association and Republic Services hosted the beautification efforts, hoping to bring vibrancy to the area.
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Local artist and DJ, Larry "DJ Larry" Rodriguez, collaborated with his brother Mike Rodriguez on dumpster art debuted Friday. The Midtown Association and Republic Services hosted the beautification efforts, hoping to bring vibrancy to the area.

Sacramento’s Midtown Association and trash collection firm Republic Services on Friday unveiled a decorated Dumpster.

The graffiti-covered blue Dumpster that sat between The Press Club and Capitol Barber Shop at 21st and P streets has been transformed to a multicolored work of art.

Larry “DJ Larry” Rodriguez, a local artist and disc jockey at The Press Club for 20 years, and his muralist brother, Mike Rodriguez, collaborated on designing the piece.

Larry Rodriguez wanted to emphasize his love for the community in the iridescent collage on the front of the dumpster.

Rodriguez, known for hanging mandalas, pictures and creating shrines as decorations during his dance parties, said his Dumpster piece incorporates all of that.

“I really wanted to give back to the community that I have been with for a very long time … the piece that I designed is dedicated to all the cool Bohemian and working-class people, and all the cultures that make Sacramento a truly great place to live,” Rodriguez said.

John Adair, Midtown Association spokesman, said it’s the third artistic Dumpster created in Sacramento. Two were placed on Powerhouse Alley in 2016 during a beautification project.

“We want to bring culture, creativity and vibrancy in midtown,” Adair said.

Jessica Hice: 916-321-1550, @Jess_Hice

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