Graves High art from trash to treasure

Graves County High School freshman Grant Marler, far left, recently won The “Trash to Treasure” contest, an annual school-wide competition inviting all students and staff to make art from recycled items. The event educates students and the community about the importance of creatively dealing with the earth’s waste disposal issues. Marler used a bicycle rim for the center of a fan to create “Windmill.” He made a pattern for the blades and cut them all out of old barn tin. The windmill’s pole was made from a piece of conduit from an old garage. He made the tail from an old plow seat and the stand from steel conduit that was being used for pipe. The wood helped anchor a piece of pipe connected to the fan piece. All materials came from a scrap trailer load that was scheduled to be recycled. To hold the entire piece together, Marler used self-tapping screws and zip screws. Junior Tiffany Collins, center, placed second with “The Black Pearl.” She used cardboard to create the body of a ship, then used paint and markers to color it, metal bars and paper for the mast, and twist ties for an anchor and wheel. The GCHS Musical Theatre Class/Drama Club placed third with “Know Business, Like Show Business.” The classes used a piece of a flat from three of this year’s plays. They cut out a design of the comedy/tragedy masks and decorated the masks with items from their performances and sets. Pictured, from left in that group, are Karlee Riley, Alex Routen, MaryBeth Crowder, and Mark Rhodes.

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