Gladstone High transforms trash into treasure

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Over the past month and a half three students from Gladstone High School’s art club have been hard at work transforming litter which was pulled out of a nearby stream into beautiful art work.

The SOLVE office recently moved from Hillsboro to Portland and we were in need of new artwork to grace our walls.  What better way to show off SOLVE’s mission than to re-purpose litter into artwork!  So we were off to clean up litter from Phillips Creek.  This stream flows beside the Clackamas Town Center and is surrounded by a sea of parking lots.  Litter that is dropped nearby or blown out of overflowing trash cans washes into Phillips Creek during rain events and can be a real problem for wildlife that call the creek home.

From the Surfrider Foundation:

Rain or overwatering flushes plastic litter through a storm drain system or directly to creeks, streams and rivers that lead to the ocean.  After plastics enter the marine environment they slowly photodegrade into smaller pieces that marine life can mistake for food, sometimes with fatal results.

We handed over five full bags of litter from the creek to art teachers, Brenden Thwing and Chris Rich at Gladstone High.  Students then came up with the concept completely on their own, SOLVE’s founder former Governor Tom McCall. Perfect!  The students did a fantastic job with creative representation in closing our garbage loop.

Thank you Gladstone High School!!

7 thoughts on “Gladstone High transforms trash into treasure

  1. I am one fo the student who worked on this project. I truely enjoyed this project to the fullest. I was unable to make it to the unvealing but I herd it was the focal point of the night and that makes me feel so good inside.
    I would love to work more with SOLVE and see if I can do more projects like this in the future for them. Thanks SOLVE for all your hard work!
    Chanel Karbonski

  2. Huge Thanks to students and staff at Gladstone High School! Creative, innovative, and insightful. Keep up the great work. I’m proud of all of you!

  3. This is truly amazing. I imagine former Governor Tom McCall will be very pleased by this innovative 100th birthday gift to SOLVE. Very impressive.

    LN – Gladstone Mother

  4. All SOLVE staff are extremely excited to have this in our front office. It was the highlight of our open house event! In fact many teachers that attended the event were inspired to do this project with their own students! Chanel – We would love to continue working with your art club! We would like some smaller pieces that we can travel with to educated the public about litter in our waterways during tabling events. I’m going to stop by the school sometime next week. THANK YOU Gladstone art club!

    -Meghan Ballard, SOLVE staff

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