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Garbage Can Caricatures

Timm Schneider Nudges Urbanites to Take Notice of Their Surroundings

— November 30, 2011 — Pop Culture
German street artist Timm Schneider injects a little personality into drab and mundane everyday urban items in his series entitled 'They Live.' Using styrofoam or ping pong balls punctuated with expressive yet vacant black irises, Timm Schneider lends an engaging persona to such inanimate objects as garbage cans, dumpsters and parking ticket dispensers. By transforming these everyday and occasionally repulsive items, Timm Schneider makes them as endearing as a beloved Muppet character.

This slight alteration of the city landscape jolts hardened urbanites out of their work-obsessed haze and urges them to take notice and perhaps even enjoy their surroundings. Inspiring a passing giggle or a prolonged gaze of confusion is Timm Schneider's answer to stopping and smelling the roses. When teaching city dwellers to once again engage with their environment in a tangible way, Timm Schneider favors the playful tongue-in-cheek approach.

Whimsical, comical and undeniably eye-catching, Timm Schneider's 'They Live' series is a classic in the making.
Trend Themes
1. Animated Urban Objects - Artists can inject personality in everyday city objects, fostering a lasting engagement with urban settings.
2. Playful Urban Art - Art installations can raise interest and foster emotional connection with the surroundings, reinforcing the cultural fabric of urban settings.
3. Whimsical Cityscape - Infusing humor and personality in urban settings can create an enjoyable and memorable experience for residents and tourists alike.
Industry Implications
1. Urban Art - Innovative urban art installations can drive tourism, foster community engagement and contribute to the cultural identity of a city.
2. Marketing & Advertising - Creating playful ad campaigns that use urban objects as canvases can produce memorable and effective communications, tapping into people's love for creative and humorous content.
3. Product Design - Using experiential design techniques to infuse personality and emotion in everyday products can create user engagement, loyalty, and brand differentiation.
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