Winnipeg's Garbage Hill Sign Is Back. For Good.
Back in September, an anonymous Winnipeg artist captured the attention of locals (and local authorities) by secretly erecting an instantly iconic sign atop the Westview Park landfill — better known as Garbage Hill.
And while the Hollywood-inspired sign became an immediate hit on social media, it did not have official approval from the city. The next day it was gone.
Despite the sign’s removal, however, Mayor Brian Bowman voiced his personal approval of the sign and supported a more permanent installation, “provided City processes are respected.” (He also happened to win October’s mayoral election. Coincidence? We think not.)
Fast forward to Dec. 20, when Winnipeg awoke to a Christmas miracle:
That’s right. After a few days of hinting from Bowman, the Garbage Hill sign was back where it belonged. Best of all, it isn’t coming out of taxpayers’ pockets.
Donated by local company SRS Signs and Service, who also made the city’s iconic WINNIPEG sign at The Forks, the new sign is built of aluminum and vinyl and measures three feet tall by 20 feet long.
While the identity of the original artist remains unknown to the public, CBC Manitoba reported that he worked with SRS to make the new sign, and that he apparently grew up on nearby Sherburn Street and has the first name James.
Well James … whoever you are … we would like to thank you for your inspiration. And for the rest of the city: Merry Christmas, and may your selfie game be strong.