Crabs to be displayed in ‘Stash Your Trash’ effort

CoastKid8 showing crab sculpture

The conservation-minded are invited to use their creative skills to fashion a crab from recyclables, for this year’s Stash Your Trash event.

This is the third year the public has been encouraged to transform trash into art, said founder Priscilla Timken.

Completed crustaceans should be taken to 3rd Friday on Oct. 16, where the public will judge them.

“Some of better the ones will be at places around town. Last year there were 14 life-sized heron. One of the most popular that came to us was made by two Salisbury University students. They named it Scuttle,” Timken said.

“Scuttle goes to businesses in the area that are doing a good job of keeping their businesses litter free or being a green business in some way,” she said.

The other 13 are now on display at Blackwell Library on the SU campus. They were previously at locations around town, such as the library and airport.

“This has generated so much enthusiasm for cleaning up our community, it’s been phenomenal,” Timken said.

“The people at the airport didn’t want the flock to leave. They said people stopped and looked and said they just thought it was the coolest thing,” she said.

Completed crabs should be 1 to 2 feet by 1 to 2 feet. Frames are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

“I hope this will change the community and make us all good stewards,” she said.

Create a Crab is the third project designed to promote Stash Your Trash. Partners in this effort include Chesapeake Tours and Promotions Inc., Salisbury University Environmental Studies Department and Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce.

The initiative began with a sewing project, under Timken’s direction, in area after school programs through the Wicomico Partnership for Families and Children, who receive funding from the Governor’s Office for Children.

More than 150 students participated in hand sewing a quilt known as the SYT quilt. The quilt was displayed at the 2014 Salisbury Festival and some 500 people in the community signed the quilt and along with the students took the pledge to “not litter.”

This was the first initiative to bring awareness to SYT. Last year, the partners sponsored the Create a Heron art project to again bring awareness. Each heron was made from recycled materials. There were 14 entrants and more than 300 people in the community voted on a favorite.

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