Art is Trash, Rubbish Art in East London … Literally!

A new art phenomena sweeping East London over the past few weeks has been the Trash Art of Spanish artist Francisco de Pajaro.

Best known for his work in Spain producing trash art in places such as Barcelona and Madrid, de Pajaro has been making a name for himself around London with his innovative approach to creating art on the street.

Often amusing and playful, the art is not meant to last long. No soon as the rubbish has been placed outside awaiting collection, then the artist strikes. Just a few hours after the rubbish art has been created then the bin men come to take it away. Disposal art in it’s truest sense.

These pictures were taken pottering around the East End only yesterday on an impromptu street art tour with the legendary Bablu’s Blog and gives a whole new meaning the the concept of Here Today, Gone Tomorrow art.

Centipede trash art on New Inn Yard

Centipede trash art on New Inn Yard

This chap was spotted on Cheshire Street

This chap was spotted on Cheshire Street

Making good use of the street art around it on Grimsby Street

Making good use of the street art around it on Grimsby Street

This crawling creature was spotted on Hanbury Street

This crawling creature was spotted on Hanbury Street

Trash on Buxton Street complete with tributes

Trash on Buxton Street complete with tributes

Boat trash on Brick Lane

Boat trash on Brick Lane

You've got to hand it to the guy, he's got a great imagination

You’ve got to hand it to the guy, he’s got a great imagination

Update – 14th July 2013 – Francisco was around Shoreditch again today and I actually managed to catch him at work painting a mattress. He picks his areas and just blitzes the place and he works fast, very fast, there’s no messing about he’s in and he’s out. Speaking to him, he’s in London for a month before he heads back to Spain so don’t be suprised to see some more of his work popping up around the place.

Francisco De Pajaro the Art Is Trash guy painting a mattress in Shoreditch

Francisco De Pajaro the Art Is Trash guy painting a mattress in Shoreditch

Redchurch Street... again!

Redchurch Street… again!

Making good use of an old paste up on Buxton Street

Making good use of an old paste up on Buxton Street

My favourite Art Is Trash piece from the new wave, with a work from Deco in the background on Chance Street

My favourite Art Is Trash piece from the new wave, with a work from Deco in the background on Chance Street



Updated – And the guy keeps going, spotted on 18th July 2013 a cheeky use of a double yellow line:

These guys don't seem too bothered about being on a double yellow

These guys don’t seem too bothered about being on a double yellow

On Grimsby Street in London, a cheeky use of something very familiar

On Grimsby Street in London, a cheeky use of something very familiar

Update – 28th July 2013. Spotted Francisco in action once more in Shoreditch, he must really be getting a feel for this part of the city. Wandering around the streets following a photography workshop held by the excellent Shoreditch Street Art Tours it was the best opportunity to get some snaps of some of his new work.

Lazing around on Club Row

Lazing around on Club Row

Hanging out by the window on Club Row

Hanging out by the window on Club Row

A little bit further down Club Row pointing to the Jimmy C portrait

A little bit further down Club Row pointing to the Jimmy C portrait

Same piece from from the wrong end

Same piece from from the wrong end

I like how he's managed to make use of this smashed window on Redchurch Street

I like how he’s managed to make use of this smashed window on Redchurch Street

The classic double yellow line animals is getting a lot of attention from passers by

The classic double yellow line animals is getting a lot of attention from passers by

Update – 31st August 2013. Another wander around Shoreditch revealed a few more pieces and Francisco has turned his attention to trashy fly posters as opposed to normal trash.

An old table awaiting collection on Club Row has received the 'Art is Trash' makeover

An old table awaiting collection on Club Row has received the ‘Art is Trash’ makeover

This is genius I love what he's done here to these fly posters on Sclater Street

This is genius I love what he’s done here to these fly posters on Sclater Street

A bit more detail including a random plane

A bit more detail including a random plane

And the now famous horse which Francisco likes to include in his artworks

And the now famous horse which Francisco likes to include in his artworks

Update 8th September 2013 – He’s at it again, here’s a few more pieces, he’s even made the press.

A couple of cheeky Art is Trash people just off Brick Lane.  Thanks to John and Bunny for sending this one in

A couple of cheeky Art is Trash people just off Brick Lane. Thanks to John and Bunny for sending this one in

The Metro no less, surely the height of fame

The Metro no less, surely the height of fame

Hidden away just off Brick Lane was this cardboard donkey

Hidden away just off Brick Lane was this cardboard donkey

For more links to the ‘Art is Trash’ of Francisco de Pajaro try:

Art is Trash – Franciscodepajaro.net
Art Is Trash Blogspot – Francisco De Pajaro

Graffoto – Art is Trash ‘Police and Horse’ Exhibition
Digital Journal – Is Trash Art? Artist Francisco de Pajaro thinks it is.

And for more Inspiring City Street Art posts from around Brick Lane:

A Street Art Tour of Brick Lane
A Street Art Tour of Shoreditch