In august, residents of Helsinki, Finland, suddenly found themselves conversing with their trash receptacles. What sounds like a citywide psychotic episode is actually an art installation in which talking trash cans — whose voices are provided by city leaders, artists, philosophers and comedians — are meant to provoke thought and surprise amongst the citizenry. The four talking cans are otherwise indistinguishable from their mute compatriots and are relocated every week to keep things interesting.
The project, which runs through the end of September, might have been better received had the cans been made to say something other than, “Cold, isn't it?” and “You don't see me shoving trash down YOUR gullet, do you?”
Source: YLE News