St. Thomas Aquinas students turn trash into art

Students paint a waste bin like The Starry Night Students from St. Thomas Aquinas High School are working to make the community a little more beautiful by The completed Starry Starry Night bin.jpgturning trash into a work of art. The school teamed up with Northern Waste and Hauling to paint one of their St. Thomas Aquinas students painting a large waste bin.jpglarge waste bins. 

"This bin was designed and painted by the art students in George Brunton's mural class. They came up with the concept and design on their own and were able to complete the project during their class time," said Sarah Minor, owner of Northern Waste and Hauling. 

The bin will be provided to both residents and businesses around the area for removing waste, recycle material, brush and yard clippings to help make sure items are disposed of properly. 

Brunton spoke about the inspiration behind the design of the mural. 

"The vision came from infusing two recognizable elements, the Kenora Harbourfront and Notre Dame church using the style and sky of the famous Van Gogh painting," he said. 

The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh is one of the most recognizable paintings in the world and was the inspiration for the young artists. Minor said she couldn't be happier with the finished product. 

"We love the mural the students created!" she said. "The local touch of including the Whitecap Pavilion and Notre Dame du Portage Church beyond the harbourfront are landmarks we all know and recognize. Incorporating these two in the mural connect nicely with the school's commitment to faith and community."

Minor added that the company looks forward to returning the bin to the Kenora Catholic campus during Earth Day next year. In April, the KCDSB, Northern Waste and Hauling and the City of Kenora all worked together to clean up the community. In total 220 pounds of garbage was collected by students and disposed of in the large waste bin.