Trash turned art is showcased at Boonville festival

3 years 5 months 3 days ago Monday, September 22 2014 Sep 22, 2014 Monday, September 22, 2014 12:03:00 PM CDT September 22, 2014 in 8 Goes Green
By: Taylor Malottki, KOMU 8 Reporter

BOONVILLE - Bottlecap catfish and silver soda-tab turtles glinted in the sun outside the Isle of Capris Casino Hotel in Boonville Saturday.

Short gusts of wind caused the pieces of trash to stir while the music group Violet and the Undercurrents moved to their second verse.

The students of Helen Sanders' high school art class in Boonville were given two weeks to use pieces of trash to create a river-related sculpture.

The students found materials everywhere from their employers to a nearby railroad track.

(Photo: Students from Boonville High School used pieces of trash to create works of art. Alyssa Dell's "Trash Can" was designed to return recyclable and landfill items back into something useful.)

The artwork was featured at Missouri River Relief's festival in Boonville.

Alex Prentice, the educational director for Missouri River Relief reached out to different schools in Missouri for willing participants, and Sanders thought it would be a great opportunity for her students.

"I was hoping they would see the connection of making people aware of the world around them," Sanders said.

One of the more innovative projects was a trash can made from shoe boxes, packaging and carry-out bags. The artist, Alyssa Dell, wanted to create a piece of art that turned recyclable items into a useful object. The purpose was to mean something more than trash, she said in her written artist statement.

The trash-to-art idea bloomed from a collaboration of local artist Holly Hughes and Melanie Cheney, River Relief's assistant program manager.

Cheney's blog, "Plastic Soup News," focuses on single-use plastic pollution worldwide. It features news about bag bans, innovations to deter single-use pollution, and other problems. Single-use plastic items include water bottles and Ziploc bags.

Hughes's art is created from recycled and landfill material. Her newest piece of art, a bald eagle created with both recyclable and landfill material, was featured at the festival. It was delicately packed into her husband's hand-painted truck at the end of the day. Prentice used Hughes's art as a launching point to help inspire students.

"The beauty of the project is getting kids to think about trash differently," Prentice said.

Several of the students helped in the cleanup associated with the festival.

(Photo: "River Bike" by Boonville high school student Will Engle is covered from handlebars to tires in items of trash he found)

Prentice hopes more people will get involved with the annual cleanups in Missouri.

"What we do speaks largely to the community," Prentice said. "It brings people together for the common good."

It was the first festival Missouri River Relief held in Boonville, and the first cleanup since 2005.

(Photo: Steve the "Metallic Catfish," designed by Taylor Ellebracht, was created using aluminum foil, newspapers and spiral notebook wires.)

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Columbia police have taken a 13-year-old male into custody Saturday in connection with a social media post community... More >>
1 hour ago Saturday, February 24 2018 Feb 24, 2018 Saturday, February 24, 2018 2:38:00 PM CST February 24, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Police say a pedestrian has been hit and killed in a southeastern section of St. Louis.... More >>
2 hours ago Saturday, February 24 2018 Feb 24, 2018 Saturday, February 24, 2018 1:39:04 PM CST February 24, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Cradle to Career Alliance hosted a symposium Saturday on what strategies they recommend to help increase your... More >>
3 hours ago Saturday, February 24 2018 Feb 24, 2018 Saturday, February 24, 2018 12:24:00 PM CST February 24, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS — Two men convicted in a 2015 drive-by shooting of a St. Louis police sergeant have been sentenced... More >>
5 hours ago Saturday, February 24 2018 Feb 24, 2018 Saturday, February 24, 2018 10:44:00 AM CST February 24, 2018 in News
SPRINGFIELD — A 75-year-old man has been found guilty of financially exploiting an older Springfield woman. Howard Roberts of... More >>
5 hours ago Saturday, February 24 2018 Feb 24, 2018 Saturday, February 24, 2018 10:43:00 AM CST February 24, 2018 in News
Chesterfield, MO - Nearly two weeks after a shooting in Parkland, Florida that killed seventeen students and teachers, students... More >>
17 hours ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 10:18:00 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Some veterans living in or near the Truman VA clinic often have to make the drive to... More >>
20 hours ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 8:07:00 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Ameren Missouri proposed an incentive program to install more charging stations for electric cars across Missouri. The program,... More >>
20 hours ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 7:28:00 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
ST. CHARLES - The man accused in the death of trooper James Bava is facing lowered charges as his second... More >>
22 hours ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 5:45:00 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department spent the morning investigating a possible threat against Columbia Public Schools. The post... More >>
23 hours ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 4:27:00 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Show-Me State Games isn't officially until June, but the competition is already underway. More than 90... More >>
23 hours ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 4:22:00 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Mary Ratliff grew up in the small community of Ripley, Mississipi. It is a community where she said... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 1:52:00 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
UPDATE COLUMBIA - Columbia Public Schools sent out a release Friday afternoon to the families of CPS, clarifying... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 1:46:00 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri has never removed a governor through impeachment. But after Gov. Eric Greitens' felony indictment yesterday, some... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 12:55:00 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
REPUBLIC (AP) — Police have seized five guns and two books from a 13-year-old boy officers allege had threatened... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 12:39:46 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Governor Eric Greitens was indicted Thursday afternoon on a felony charge of invasion of privacy. The indictment alleged... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 12:39:00 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
BELLAFONTAINE NEIGHBORS (AP) — Police have found three dead in what officers suspect is a murder-suicide in a St.... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 12:34:52 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Seven people have been indicted in a Kansas City drug-trafficking conspiracy that included two... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 10:24:18 AM CST February 23, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 49°
5pm 50°
6pm 49°
7pm 50°
8pm 48°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

2:00p
2018 Olympic Winter Games
5:00p
Jeopardy!
5:30p
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt
4:00p
Elementary
5:00p
Sheriffs El Dorado County
5:30p
Sheriffs El Dorado County

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
2018 Olympic Winter Games
7:00p
Family Guy
7:30p
Family Guy
8:00p
Bob's Burgers
8:30p
Bob's Burgers
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld