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Protest Through Design: Garbage Bag Graffiti

Madrid experienced a 12 day city garbage strike earlier this month when three private companies made steps to freeze salaries for street cleaners and motions to lay off 1,134 out of 6,000 workers.

Ana Botella Crew Garbage Bags on the streets of Madrid

While the streets were strewn with garbage, graffiti activists Ana Botella Crew (named after Madrid’s unpopular Mayor Ana Botella) made sure that they were also covered in commentary. The medium of choice: bags full of garbage printed with the face of the mayor.

Garbage graffiti on the streets of Madrid by Ana Botella Crew

The group’s official statement on their work? “Madrid smells bad. Smells like corruption.”

All photos are courtesy of Ana Botella Crew.