A year ago, the Vancouver Art Gallery mounted an exhibit called Massive Change. This year, they will open one called B.C. Binning. The first one was on the future of design; the second is a survey show of Bertram Charles Binning’s works. Oh.

B.C. Binning. Given the city-sanctioned binners program in Vancouver, I might expect to see something quite different in a show by that name. Found art, perhaps. Or modified bicycles and other wheeled delights. Just yesterday, a guy zoomed past me on the street on a bicycle fitted to tow a big blue recycling bin. That’s much cooler than balancing several bags of pop cans as if they were giant saddlebags.

I can just picture VAG’s curators standing on the front steps, yelling “Gentlemen, start your shopping carts! B.C. Binning is here!”

Interestingly enough, the convergence of art and binning and street life in Vancouver has lead to an innovation: a recent graduate in Industrial Design at Emily Carr has developed a shopping cart-like vehicle especially for binning. Quieter than a conventional shopping cart, it can be pushed or towed, and collapses for storage. Binners like it, too.

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