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© Claire Lawton

Commercial Art Is Keeping Phoenix Artists Afloat — But At a High Cost


It’s not hard to find an open dumpster in this town.

Ask any college kid looking for a few moving boxes or urban forager looking for a meal. But there’s something weird about the set of three tan dumpsters in the parking lot of a building on 14th Street and Indian School Road.

They’re fitted with padlocks and monitored by surveillance cameras. But inside, you won’t find blueprints or old computer equipment or sensitive financial documents. Pry one of those dumpsters open and chances are good that you’ll be faced with a pile of last season’s hotel art.

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Published: Phoenix New Times, August 2012