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The trash tower is a public art project that addresses the problem of litter in my community.
The trash tower is a public art project that addresses the problem of litter in my community.
154 backers pledged $4,724 to help bring this project to life.

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I’m an artist asking for funding for materials to build an environmental public art project called Trash Tower. Each week I’ll collect trash along a two mile circuit in my hometown, Newbury, MA. I’ll clean it and place it in the tower where it’ll stay until the tower is filled.

the materials for the trash tower

Four Posts: 6 feet x 6 feet x 16 feet all heart western red cedar

Four Lexan panels 12 feet x 3 feet

Cover and Lock

Ladder (Every Tuesday I’ll be placing the litter I collect into the tower.)

the materials for the signboard

MDO plywood ¾” primed 4 feet x 6 feet

Two Posts

Paint

Trash Tower drawing
Trash Tower drawing

My local school district, Triton Regional, has given me permission to site the trash tower and signboard on a busy street in front of the elementary school. Carpentry students from Whittier Vocational Technical Regional High School will build the tower, and art students will design the signboard.

Trash Tower image
Trash Tower image
Trash Tower + Signboard
Trash Tower + Signboard
Signboard
Signboard

Curriculum ideas: I’ve created activities in art, mathematics, reading, science, and writing for Newbury Elementary Students. These will enhance their understanding of litter, decomposition, and recycling.

It's hard to predict how long it will take the tower to fill. That's part of the adventure -- seeing it change week by week.

Risks and challenges

I’ve been working on the trash tower project for more than 2 years.

Will those who agreed to help during the 2013-2014 school year still be available and supportive for the 2014-2015 school year?

Will I be able to climb the ladder in the winter to throw litter into the trash tower?

Litter is a big problem everywhere. Will getting the message out in my community have an impact in other places as well? What can I do to spread the message?

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    your name on a can + your name on the trash tower web thank you page

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    a trash tower postcard + your name on the trash tower web thank you page

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    4 trash tower postcards from different perspectives + your name on the trash tower web thank you page

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    a trash tower jute tote bag + a trash tower postcard + your name on the trash tower web thank you page

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    28 oz. trash tower push cap plastic water bottle + a trash tower postcard + your name on the trash tower web thank you page

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    34 oz trash tower stainless steel water bottle + a trash tower postcard + your name on the trash tower web thank you page

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    a small original painting + a trash tower postcard + your name on the trash tower web thank you page

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