SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Well one person’s trash can be another person’s artwork.
A local Bradenton woman is taking trash and creating masterpieces. Wendell Graham created a new turtle species, a ‘plastic back’ loggerhead turtle named “Trash” made from all the garbage found along the beaches of Longboat Key.
“What I wanted to represent mostly was to bring awareness to people who leave trash on the beach and those who don’t leave trash but can say, ‘Hey please pick that up. It harms our environment and it goes out into the ocean and the turtles eat it,’” Graham explained.
Trash the turtle weights about 20lbs and was created with over 1,000 pieces of plastic items.
“We have a bunch of balls, we have tobacco cans, we have bottle caps, we have a broom, fruit snacks and have tons of tons of toys,” she explained.
Graham says she wants to use Trash as a learning tool for children to teach them about pollution and how it harms the environment.