CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston may be getting some artistic trash receptacles, but they won't be installed on Capitol Street as originally planned.
In a compromise City Manager David Molgaard forged two weeks ago between leaders of FestivALL and the Municipal Beautification Commission, the decorative containers will be placed instead along Kanawha Boulevard.
The trash container plan, one of several FestivALL-sponsored public art projects this year, hit a stumbling block a month ago when artist Naomi Bays ran the idea past Beautification members.
Capitol and other downtown streets already have handsome, functional trash containers made by Spencer blacksmith Jeff Fetty, Beautification Chairwoman Mary Jane Vanderwilt told Bays, FestivALL's public art chairwoman. Another member fretted that poorly designed receptacles can pose a homeland security risk.
Vanderwilt later met with Molgaard, mayoral assistant Rod Blackstone, Bays and other city administrators to discuss the issue.
"She expressed concern about Capitol Street, the traditional look of Capitol Street and functionality of the containers," Blackstone said. "It seemed to be a compelling argument.
"At the same time there seems to be an interest in bringing art to the mundane, which was the concept behind the bike racks last year," said Blackstone, who serves on the FestivALL steering committee. "That's what the FestivALL folks had in mind when they came up with the idea for the trash containers this year.
"I think David Molgaard was the key to bringing the folks together and reaching a compromise. It will help us preserve the look they've been developing for years on Capitol Street and still have some artistic expression along the riverbank."